Colourful walls, decorated with unique wall stickers and designed with love, were her pride and joy. Even back then, when still at primary school, Lisa Janisch understood one thing above all else: life can never be colorful enough! Today, almost 20 years later, she gives a fresh lick of paint to brighten the lives of others. And she is so good at it that she was crowned European painting and decorating champion in 2016 at EuroSkills in Gothenburg, Sweden.

“Being a craftsperson brings a special kind of fulfilment. You create something with your hands and can immediately see the results. And you see the joy in the faces of your customers,” says the expert in her field.

She is now in a position to take apprentices under her wing. Is there anything Lisa would like to share with the younger generation to help them on their way? “Find out as much as you can before you decide on a career. Watch the competitions to see how multifaceted the individual skills and trades can be. Yes, I can paint a wall, but that’s only the start of what I can do,” she sums up. Her victory at EuroSkills 2016 even paved her way to the European Parliament in Brussels, where Janisch was invited to give a talk in front of an international audience. “That was definitely one of the highlights so far. Having a good command of English certainly paid off,” she says with a smile.

Where does she find inspiration for new, creative wall designs? Often in nature, for instance on the island of Sylt in Germany, her favourite place. “There you can find a quite special range of colours: delicate, pastel tones with matchless beauty,” she says. Her advice for all EuroSkills 2020 competitors: “Be inspired! Each new idea is one step further towards your professional goals.”


… on her way to EuroSkills 2020 in Graz. The European painting and decorating champion takes you behind the scenes of exciting events, shares her personal tips and tricks for the competitions and offers interesting insights into her everyday life. Whether on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or in the brand-new We are Skills app, you can be part of EuroSkills in Graz and enjoy the unrivalled spirit of the European skills championships with a touch of Austrian flair.