Bagnalls Training Academy in Doncaster played host to a number of painting and decorating workshops during National Apprenticeship Week. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), and the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) are both supporting the event, to encourage local students to consider an apprenticeship when they leave school.
This special event, held on Wednesday 11 March, coincides with Bagnalls celebrating its 140th year anniversary. Established in 1875, by Alfred Bagnall, who was himself an apprentice painter, the company now employs over sixty apprentices across the country.
David Sunderland, Group Technical & Training Manager at Bagnalls, said: “We have invested in apprentices ever since we were formed 140 years ago. Apprentice development is one of the company’s core values and ensures that we have skilled people to meet the needs of our wide range of customers.”
“We will have several of our apprentices attending the event who will demonstrate the skills they have learnt so far through college training and site based working. Students will be encouraged to ask our apprentices about what it’s really like to be an apprentice.”
CITB careers staff, the PDA’s Chief Executive and Bagnalls personnel will all be on hand to answer any questions that the students may have. Each student will be encouraged to don some overalls and have a go at painting and decorating first hand.
Pam Lee, Construction Careers Adviser at CITB, said: “The construction industry is experiencing a real resurgence and we hope that students attending the event will want to be part of that. They will receive information about craft and technical apprenticeships and where these opportunities can lead.”
Neil Ogilvie, PDA’s Chief Executive, added: “PDA members are the driving force of our industry and Bagnalls have been a long standing member with a well known history of investing in apprentices. Events such as these are essential to try and engage students more proactively with apprenticeships, especially in painting and decorating, a trade that they may not have previously considered.”