K&M APPOINTED FOR PHASE 4 APPRENTICESHIP TRAILBLAZERS
K&M McLoughlin Decorating Ltd is pleased to announce that it has been approved as the lead Employer in the Government’s proposed Apprenticeship Trailblazer in Painting Occupations.
Trailblazers are groups of employers working together to develop new apprenticeship standards for occupations in their sectors and K&M will be taking the lead in setting the standards that will deliver the skills businesses and learners need to compete in the Construction Industry.
The other members of the Trailblazer are:
- George Jones
- Cousins Group
- Hilton Abbey Ltd
- Novus Property Solutions Ltd
- Bagnalls Group
- Broadway Painting Ltd
- M J Guest Ltd
- Tag Decor
We could not allow others to shape the qualifications of our Industry, so a collaboration of likeminded painting contractors are shaping our trade to ensure that it is fit for purpose. We have representation from SME’s to National painting contractors and are supported by Akzo Nobel – Dulux, The Worshipful Company of Painters & Stainers and the Association of Painting Craft Teachers. Together, this employer group are proposing to develop Apprenticeship standards in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting. We welcome this level of enthusiasm and commitment for the reforms that are being put in place and this will now bring the painting and decorating industry back to the table of apprenticeship training.
This is for the good of the industry, creating employment and restoring real professionalism to the painting and decorating Industry
Kevin McLoughlin MBE
Skills Minister Nick Boles said:
“I am delighted that K&M McLoughlin Decorating is to join more than 1000 of the country’s leading employers in designing new top quality apprenticeships in painting and decorating.
“Giving employers like K&M McLoughlin the power to design apprenticeships means that apprentices graduate with the skills they for the job they want and businesses get the talent they need to grow.”
It is refreshing to see that the coal face at last get their say, and that Doug Richard’s recommendation asking for clear, effective and trusted qualifications, being set by those who know best: employers, has been met.
Our trade has been watered down so much over the last few years, and what really upsets and concerns all of us is that decisions are being made by non-decorating people. It is very important that the people who understand the trade, and the needs of anyone coming into it, should be set by people who know, have been there and have done it.
Peter Doyle – Past President of the Association of Painting Craft Teachers & Technical training consultant Akzo Nobel
We need to re professionalise our industry for it to once again become synonymous with craftsman and in turn become a worthwhile and viable career path choice for school leavers.
After all the years of disillusionment with the delivery of inadequate painting and decorating skills training, it can now be brought up to the 21st century with the people involved in the design and delivery of this new standard understanding fully what the industry wants, working in collaboration with the education system for the continual growth of the Industry
Kevin McLoughlin MBE – Director