Annie will be making the world a prettier place with her decorating skills

Annie Henley has won a place on a design and decorating course with Homebase.
Annie Henley has won a place on a design and decorating course with Homebase.

Aspiring interior designer Annie Henley has been given a leg up on the career ladder after winning a place on a training programme with DIY store Homebase.

The 26 year old’s place with the firm’s design and decorating academy was announced at Grand Designs Live 2014.

She is one of 13 young people from across the country who have become part of the scheme - designed to kick start careers in interior design.

Homebase HR director John Shaw said: “We are committed to championing our industry as a great career choice, and we’re delighted to be able to offer young people such a significant boost on the career ladder.”

Annie will work full-time within the Hemel Hempstead design hub at Homebase in Apsley, where she will share her passion for interior design with customers planning to decorate and redesign their homes.

She will develop her skills and learn tricks of the trade from industry experts including suppliers such as Dulux, Harris and Graham & Brown.

Annie will also receive City & Guilds training to ensure that she builds-up practical experience as well as having extensive knowledge of the latest trends.

Successful students are also sometimes offered a career within Homebase - either in-store or at the head office in Milton Keynes.