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PDA June Courses

The Painting and Decorating Association has announced dates in June for two advanced courses, run in partnership with the CITB. The ‘Hang Paper To Complex Surfaces’ programme and ‘Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings’ are designed to open up new opportunities and build upon existing knowledge for professional painters and decorators.

The traditional pre-1919 buildings course takes place at Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport on the 10th and 11th June.

Opportunities then move south with Bedford College hosting the wallpaper hanging course on 24th and 25th June.

Ann Cook, of Ann Cook Associates, is organising the training. She said: “Both courses offer exciting opportunities to broaden skills.

“Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings is suitable for those who regularly work on the repair, maintenance, refurbishment and retro-fitting of old buildings, but who lack the understanding of the guiding principles for this type of work.

“The course will improve awareness of the right approaches, and can also add to, and reinforce, existing knowledge for more experienced practitioners working in this sector.

“Hanging Paper to Complex Surfaces is of appeal to experienced painters and decorators who wish to extend their paperhanging skills to meet current standards.

“Those attending this course must have knowledge and experience of hanging patterned papers to standard areas.”

Early this year the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) announced it was issuing a raft of training measures after figures predicted a skills gap in the industry over the next five years.

Figures released by the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network forecast revealed 13,250 painters and decorators will be needed between now and 2018 to meet growing demand.

A combination of jobs shed during the recession, retirement and fewer apprenticeships are thought to have contributed to the predicted shortage in skilled operatives.

To tackle the emerging trend, the PDA has teamed up with the CITB to provide almost 3,000 hours of training for its members in 2015.

The training courses are offered at a discounted rate to PDA members. Non-members can also access the training, but will need to pay the full cost. Both member and non-member companies need to be CITB registered to book the courses.

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PDA June Courses
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