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In celebration of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (6th – 12th February), we caught up with Vickie Mather, Dulux Academy Lead at AkzoNobel, to understand the support and initiatives Dulux Academy has for those looking to take on apprentices:

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Since its launch in 2016, Dulux Academy has continued its commitment to decorators at every stage of their career and we recognise the key role that apprentices have to play in the industry – they are the future. We’re dedicated to encouraging young people to enter the profession by providing market-leading support and empowering them to become the next generation of painting and decorating specialists.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2023 we set out to train 100 apprentices across the week, both in face-to-face workshops at partner college locations and also through Dulux Academy Live Workshop streams available online. We’re thrilled to announce that we exceeded this target having trained a total of 378 apprentices throughout this week, and this training pledge has taken the total number of painting and decorating professionals we have trained to over 15,000 – a huge milestone for Dulux Academy.

The help and guidance Dulux Academy provides to those early in their career doesn’t just stop at National Apprenticeship Week, but is available all year round. This ongoing focus is synonymous with the theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week ‘Skills for Life’ and encompasses how apprenticeships can help individuals build upon their skills and knowledge for the future, in turn, helping businesses to grow a workforce of experts.

Apprentice How-To Guide

For those who are interested in taking on an apprentice, we have created a thorough how-to guide, to aid you in working with apprentices and demonstrate how it can help to grow your business. 

The guide offers practical information about what’s involved in taking on an apprentice, as well as funding information and best practice advice. It also provides an opportunity to hear directly from those that have benefitted from taking on an apprentice, such as Dulux Select Decorators Mike Poole and Simon Medlin. 

You can download a free copy of the Dulux Academy Guide to growing your business with apprenticeships here. 

Apprentice Season Ticket

Once you have enrolled an apprentice, we have the ideal scheme to offer new learning solutions for painting and decorating apprentices to supplement and enhance their formal studies; the Dulux Academy Apprentice Season Ticket.

The Dulux Academy Apprentice Season Ticket enables apprentices to attend courses at any UK Dulux Academy venue to support their site and college-based learning. Proving to be a successful platform since its launch in January 2022, over 60 apprentices have enrolled to the Apprentice Season Ticket in the past year, and this uptake is only expected to continue to grow.

Dulux Academy Apprentice Season Tickets are £200 + VAT and can be purchased here, or for more information, click here.

As the home of painting and decorating excellence, Dulux Academy is proud to support both apprentices, and painters and decorators at every stage of their career, by providing increased knowledge and understanding, to enable everyone to meet their personal and professional ambitions.




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