Dulux Academy opens in Ashington
In a bid to help tackle skills shortages in the construction sector, AkzoNobel has opened its second purpose-built Dulux Academy at its new facility in Ashington.
The new customised training centre, which adjoins the global paint manufacturer’s factory in Ashington, will aim to build on the success of the first such academy in Slough that trained 1,600 decorators in its first year.
Offering a wide variety of courses in disciplines such as decorating prep and basic painting and decorating through to wallpapering, woodcare and advanced painting techniques, the company’s ambition is to train and upskill 10,000 UK decorators by 2020.
“We’re incredibly proud to have the second Dulux Academy housed here,” said Jeff Hope, head of manufacturing unit at AkzoNobel Ashington.
“With up to 12 spaces available per programme, each course follows its own teaching format. The state-of-the-art academy features a dedicated workshop where learners can get hands-on with practical-based assignments and a classroom area for theoretical based learning.
“The courses on offer to practiced painters and decorators, as well as those just starting out in the industry, are designed to provide attendees with all of the expertise and know-how they need for business success.”