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Skills shortage being addressed by school for painters and decorators

Painting and decorating is an art which can be difficult to master. Perhaps that’s one reason why, in the UK, there are massive shortages of skilled professionals.

Two years ago, AkzoNobel started to do something about it. The company opened the Dulux Academy in Slough near London, a facility dedicated to upskilling decorators and training those new to the industry.

Since opening, more than 3,000 people have been trained. A second Dulux Academy has also opened at the company’s new state-of-the-art plant in Ashington in the north east of England.

They focus on providing painters and decorators with the expertise and know-how they need for business success. More than 50 courses are available, designed to provide expert advice in applying paints and coverings.

Participants can also gain an advanced understanding of the essential principles of color, design and sustainability.

 

“We are excited to be meeting the challenge of equipping a generation of skilled laborers, significantly increasing industry capacity to build, fit and finish houses in the UK,” said Matt Pullen, AkzoNobel’s Managing Director for the UK and Ireland.
“In London and the south east alone, there is a shortfall of around 33,000 painters and decorators. So we are committed to helping the government to get Britain building.”

Combining hands-on activities with classroom sessions, the training takes place either at the purpose-built facilities in Slough and Ashington, or at one of several dedicated partner colleges across the UK. The ambition is to make sure that no-one should have to travel more than 100 miles to reach a Dulux Academy location.

Among the courses on offer is an industry recognized Certificate in Color, Design and Professional Decorating – a qualification established specifically for the Dulux Academy.

Added Pullen: “The Dulux Academy is the home of painting and decorating excellence. It’s all about fostering craft and entrepreneurship to give our industry the authority and professionalism it deserves.

At the current rate of training, it’s expected that more than 10,000 decorators and apprentices will have attended the Dulux Academy by 2020.

For more information, visit the Dulux Academy website