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The Dulux Academy in Your Pocket

Dulux Academy has launched of The HUB, a flexible online platform where decorators can access their own personalised learning and networking experience 24/7 via their mobile devices.

The portal will be made available to everyone that has taken part in an Academy course – be it in person at one of Dulux Academy’s locations across the country, or an online free Dulux Academy Live workshop. 

Vickie Mather, Dulux Academy Lead, AkzoNobel, explains “The HUB was developed as a result of the evolution in how the trade engages in training – it’s been developed for the trade, by the trade.”

A variety of training resources will be available, all designed to enhance skills across painting and decorating, from application and colour choices to business management. Everyone will be offered a unique experience tailored to them, with content recommended based on what they have previously engaged with.

Live Academy courses will be broadcast on The HUB, allowing users to interact and engage in real time. E-learning courses will also be made available, which users can complete in modules at their own pace and quiz themselves with test questions. Users can create their own learning plans, which allows them to review what they have completed and organise what they work on next. Once they have completed a course, users unlock exclusive information and content to help further support their learning.

Users can also listen to podcasts from the Dulux Academy team about a range of industry topics, or watch instructional videos at a time and place convenient to them. All content is completely unlimited, so learners can revisit resources as often as required.

Content on The HUB is easily searchable, with it being categorised into five groups: Skill Level, Content Type, Topic, Rated, and Most Watched. Featured content can also be pinned for all learners for even greater ease of access.

The HUB prides itself on being highly personalised, with the option to add personal business logos and pictures to user profiles.

Vickie Mather explains why The HUB has come at the perfect time: “While the COVID-19 pandemic put a temporary end to face-to-face training, it did prove to us the effectiveness and importance of flexibility when it comes to learning. Over lockdowns, we launched Dulux Academy Live, which saw over 3,500 users attend a variety of online workshops – so we know there is a hunger for people to learn at a time and place that is convenient to them “.

Alongside the launch of The HUB, Dulux Academy will be introducing its new website. This site will house The HUB and offer new features of its own, developed using customer insights and feedback to ensure an improved experience for those purchasing Dulux Academy courses. This includes the ability to now search for courses by date, the improved visibility of facilities and their addresses, regular news updates on events and activities, and links to CITB Skills Funding.

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