Stoke on Trent College has teamed up with the UK’s largest dedicated commercial painting contractor to launch a new painting and decorating academy at its Burslem Campus.
The Bell Decorating Academy, sponsored by Bell Group, will provide painting and decorating students with work experience placements, interview and CV writing workshops, painting and decorating masterclasses, and branded workwear T shirts.
The partnership will also see youngsters at Stoke-on-Trent College benefit from donations of leftover paint stock and materials, which can be used by painting and decorating students during their training.
Pete Walters is Team Leader of construction, motor vehicle and engineering at Stoke on Trent College, WorldSkills Chief Expert and president of the Association of Painting and Craft Teachers. He comments:
“Bell Group is one of the UK’s most successful painting and decorating contractors, operating in the public and private sector, employing more than 1400 staff across a network of 27 branches in the UK.
We’re really pleased that our students will benefit from this great new partnership and proud to be building on our existing links with Bell Group as their preferred apprenticeship provider in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.”
He adds: “This new academy forms a vital part of our mission to ensure all students undertake high quality work experience and develop their employability skills – ready to secure full time jobs or apprenticeship when they qualify.
We work closely with Bell Group to ensure that students receive training using all the latest tools, materials and techniques.”
Keith Prince, branch manager at Bell Group Stoke, comments: “We pride ourselves on the highest standards of workmanship and the supply of talented, ambitious and qualified painters and decorators is key to our success. Working with Stoke on Trent College will help us to ensure we have the very best new talent to recruit into our business.
He adds: The company is a family run business and we are very community focused. It is important to us to bring jobs and skills to the local areas where we are based. Our customers want to see local people trained up and given the opportunities to become skilled tradespeople, working on their estate, in their home or in their place of work – and we want this too.”