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Bagnalls’ Payback Paint to Local College

Bagnalls | 5 February

The construction department based at St Helens College’s STEM Centre, Technology Campus has supplied a steady stream of local apprentices to Bagnalls for over 40 years, helping to develop several of our current and former apprentices, time-served painters, foremen and even contracts managers over the years. To thank St Helens College for their generosity, hard work and dedication in directing our talented apprentice painters on their respective paths, we have kindly donated over 50 tins of paint, rolls of unused wallpaper and various other sundries to help support their training of apprentices. It is important for young painters to experiment with the latest paints, colours and materials.

The purpose built painting and decorating facility at St Helens College is one of the last remaining training facilities in the region, offering made-to-scale room structures and industry equipment, to enable students to strengthen their practical skills. Course Tutor, Terry O’Keefe, has been employed by the College since 1988 and has seen over 150 apprentices pick up their paintbrushes and join Bagnalls alone! Some of whom, past and present, were in attendance during the donation event.

Amongst the attendees were Foreman, Kevin Travers, newly-promoted Foreman Martyn Everett and apprentices Richard Salter and Daniel Hesketh. Kevin Travers, was interviewed by St Helens College’s marketing team about his thoughts on how they implement its methods and approach to apprentice training, as well as, how he has progressed with Bagnalls himself since finishing his apprenticeship.

During the Community Paintbrush donation event, St Helens College’s marketing team, also interviewed current apprentices, Richard Salter and Daniel Hesketh, in order to feature their success stories in the College’s upcoming National Apprenticeship Week celebrations in March 2018.

In relation to our Community Paintbrush donation, Terry O’Keefe said, “This generous donation of painting and decorating sundries is extremely welcome and will enable us to strengthen the skills and knowledge of current students to enable them to succeed with a painting and decorating profession at any level.”

He added, “We have built up a really strong relationship with Bagnalls and recognise them as an industry leader, who we are confident nurture our students to bring out the best of their abilities.”

St. Helen’s Technology College in St. Helens town centre, has supplied a steady stream of local apprentices to Bagnalls for over 40 years. The college has helped to develop several of our current and former apprentices, time-served painters, foremen and even contracts managers over the years. To thank St. Helens college for their generosity, hard work and dedication in directing our talented apprentice painters on their respective paths, we have kindly donated over 50 tins of paint, rolls of unused wallpaper and various other sundries to help support their training of apprentices. It is important for young painters to experiment with the latest paints, colours and materials.

St. Helen’s Technology College’s painting and decorating facility, was purpose built and is one of the last remaining training facilities in the region. The course leader, Terry O’Keefe, has been employed by the college since 1988 he has seen over 150 apprentices pick up their paintbrushes and join Bagnalls alone! Some of whom, past and present, were in attendance, as Bagnalls Community Paintbrush once again answered the call, and paid back for the support St. Helen’s Technical College and Mr. O’Keefe have given us in the past 30 years. Amongst the attendees were Foreman Kevin Travers, newly-promoted Foreman Martyn Everett and apprentices Richard Salter and Daniel Hesketh. Kevin Travers was interviewed about the college and its methods and approach to apprentice training, as well as, how he has progressed in Bagnalls since finishing his apprenticeship. The two Bagnalls apprentices are both having their profiles reviewed as part of the National Apprentice week in March 2018, details of which are to follow from St. Helens College.

In relation to our Community Paintbrush donation, Terry O’Keefe said, “Bagnalls have always been our number one selector of apprentices in the area, should they come knocking, I have always recommended, to any apprentice, going to a company of your stature for the further training, knowledge and experience they will receive, being second to none in the painting industry. This generous donation of painting and decorating sundries is hugely welcomed and will go some way in helping to teach our current crop of apprentices the techniques necessary, in succeeding in painting and decorating at any level, whichever route they choose to take.”

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