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Dulux decorator centres help Leicester College learners climb the ladder of success

28/06/2011

Dulux Decorator Centres, the UK’s leading decorating specialist, is investing in the painters and decorators of the future, by partnering with Leicester College and equipping learners with all the tools and experience they need to help them succeed in the industry.

Trainee painters and decorators who enrol at Leicester College receive a toolkit containing specialist tools at a significantly reduced price. The tools are encased in a complimentary painting and decorating satchel, and come complete with additional Dulux Decorator Centres’ branded goodies, including t-shirts and cooler bags.

Staff and learners are eligible for a cash card account which gives special discounts and can be used nationwide at any store. To promote this offer, Dulux Decorator Centres has also produced tailored posters and other marketing materials, which are displayed around the college’s three campuses.

A work experience placement scheme has also been set up, where second and third year learners can undertake a variety of jobs in decorating, customer service and retail, at any of Leicester’s three Dulux Decorator Centres stores.  This will help learners develop their painting and decorating skills and provide a vital insight into a career in the industry.

The partnership began earlier this year, when Nigel Jarram, territory store manager and Angela Hall, Midlands sales manager, organised an idea session with the college, to identify the main requirements. Working closely with its health and safety department, the Dulux Decorator Centres’ team presented Leicester College with a bespoke package, to support its staff and learners.

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Dulux Decorator Centres and Leicester College, which saw the Leicester store on Freemens Common, donate paint and materials, and Leicester College’s painting and decorating students volunteer to help with the work. Between them, a total of 18 rooms in the centre were painted, in less than five days.

Nigel said: “By supporting the college and providing work experience opportunities, we’re giving young people the chance to put their skills into practice, which is vital in ensuring they are well prepared for employment. Similarly, it is also a great opportunity for the learners to gain valuable contacts in the industry.”

Leicester College recently held an awards ceremony and in recognition of the partnership, Nigel and his team were awarded the top accolade, ‘Company of the Year,’ for their invaluable contribution and continued effort to support the college and its students.

 

Kirk Staines, painting and decorating lecturer at Leicester College, said: “The partnership with Dulux Decorator Centres provides a fantastic opportunity for the painting and decorating learners at Leicester College to access the latest products in the trade. 

 

“Dulux Decorator Centres provides all our full time learners at level two and three with work experience, and prior to this, Nigel delivers a health and safety presentation and completes a thorough risk assessment. We’re grateful that Dulux Decorator Centres is investing in the sector’s future talent.”

 

Angela Hall, Midlands sales manager, said: “Whether it’s through our training and support programmes or celebrating young talent at our annual Apprentice of the Year competition, Dulux Decorator Centres is committed to supporting students now and throughout their career, which is why we’re keen to forge partnerships with Colleges around the country.”