Category Finalists: Young Signmaker

The nominees in The Young Signmaker category have demonstrated outstanding craftsmanship and creativity, showcasing exceptional work either created in-house by the apprentices themselves or through original designs executed by others within their workspace. This award recognises apprentices of any age who display remarkable potential and a promising beginning in their apprenticeship, foreseeing a bright future for these individuals. Each nominee has demonstrated a unique and imaginative approach, revealing a distinctive flair in their work. 

These apprentices stand out for their originality, and their ability to meet design requirements and objectives with innovation, creativity, and exceptional quality. The creations presented by these apprentices are not only high-quality but also embody a sense of creativity, reflecting the dedication and talent that characterises their contributions to the field. The award aims to celebrate their achievements and anticipate the great accomplishments these apprentices will undoubtedly achieve in their careers.

We would like to thank Premier Paper for their sponsorship of this award. The Premier Paper Group is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of paper and materials, and through its business divisions and nationwide branch network, offers a great choice of products and services.

Equipped with specialist knowledge and extensive experience the Premier business divisions offer a high level of guidance and advice, specifically tailored to each market sector. They aim to be more than just a mere paper supplier to customers. By providing first class services, sharing knowledge and information, offering advice and a choice of quality products, they endeavour to become an integral and valuable part of our customers’ business.

Carter McDonald redefines industry standards and charts a new course for the future at Off the Wall Creative.

In the ever-evolving realm of signmaking, Carter McDonald emerges as a beacon of youthful dynamism and artistic ingenuity, redefining industry standards and charting a new course for the future. At the age of 15, amidst the Covid pandemic, Carter established his own graphics and print company, signifying the beginning of a remarkable journey in industry. Having joined a renowned team in June 2023, Carter’s eagerness to learn and passion for illuminated signage has set him apart. In under 6 months, he pursued various training qualifications and immersed himself in diverse aspects of the trade, showcasing prowess in fabrication, CNC operations, and lighting displays. Carter’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to eco-friendly solutions highlight his versatility and promise a bright future.

Chloe Huckle impresses at Peach Design with her dedication, exemplary performance and willingness to go that extra mile

Chloe Huckle’s trajectory has been nothing short of impressive. As an apprentice, her potential and determination were quickly recognized, leading to substantial investments in her training and personal development. Chloe’s dedication, exemplary performance, and willingness to go the extra mile for the team and clients have been ever-present. Recently achieving ZUND operator certification, Chloe’s proficiency garnered excellent feedback from trainers. Off-site training has further showcased her commitment. Mastering the laser cutter, she led the business to invest in a spray booth, becoming the go-to for flat-cut sprayed letters. Chloe’s organisational skills shine as she catalogues materials seamlessly, ensuring efficient digital stock takes. Committed to high-quality work, Chloe’s rapid learning and eagerness to exceed expectations make her a valuable asset.

Dillon Hollinger’s extensive manufacturing knowledge and skill set have enabled Sign Reload to expand signage offerings

In just three months, Dillon Hollinger has made a phenomenal impact at Sign Reload, leveraging his extensive manufacturing knowledge to elevate their signage offerings. Dillon’s prowess in sign making, showcased through projects like 3mm aluminium illuminated signs for Go Power and LCC Group, reflects precision and care. Introducing innovative elements like neon flex lighting, Dillon’s attention to detail has garnered acclaim, producing top-notch signs for Club Fitness and Nugent. From welding radius corners to crafting sides with perfection, his expertise extends to intricate builds, such as rimless and acrylic illuminated letters for Airtastic. Dillon’s rapid integration into the team underscores his invaluable contribution, leaving an indelible mark on Sign Reload’s growth and quality standards.

Jonny Bentley quickly mastered the fundamentals of the signage industry to make creative results for TCB Designs

Jonny Bentley swiftly acquired proficiency in the signage industry, generating innovative outcomes for TCB Designs. Initiating his career in sign-making, Jonny initially applied his CNC skills before rapidly mastering the fundamentals and independently constructing lightboxes. Recognizing his unique blend of technical prowess and creative ingenuity, management soon appointed Jonny as the lead for bespoke projects, overseeing concept design to production and installation. His notable achievements include spearheading the neon portfolio, contributing to the company’s enhanced local standing. While briefly assigned as production manager, Jonny navigated challenges before reverting to a hands-on role, continuing to deliver exceptional and imaginative signage, reflecting his passion and dedication. Jonny’s diverse portfolio is tangible evidence of his creative prowess.

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