A student at Tresham College, Corby, will be taking part in the regional heat of the Dulux apprentice decorator of the year competition in Coventry next month.
Mark Sharpling, 22, is studying for the Level 2 NVQ in decorative occupations.
His tutor Craig Love said: “Mark is an exceptional student who pays attention to detail and is a perfectionist. We have great faith in him.”
If Mark wins the competition he will receive £1,000 plus new equipment.