Training for the future

In a move that will give more than 4000 decorators and apprentices the chance to upskill each year with new techniques and ways of working, AkzoNobel, parent company of Dulux Trade, has launched the UK’s first academy for industry professionals, including architects, painters and decorators.


In a move that will give more than 4000 decorators and apprentices the chance to upskill each year with new techniques and ways of working, AkzoNobel, parent company of Dulux Trade, has launched the UK’s first academy for industry professionals, including architects, painters and decorators.

The academy will enable students to receive expert advice in applying paints and coverings, as well as gain an advanced understanding of the essential principles of colour, design and sustainability. It will equip professionals at varying stages of their careers with the skills to build, run and promote a successful company, with a variety of business and marketing courses available.

In addition to training existing professionals, the Dulux Academy will train a new generation of painters and decorators, addressing the skills shortage across the industry and enabling specifiers to access high-quality professionals within the industry. The first ever City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Colour, Design and Professional Decorating – a qualification established specifically for Dulux Academy – will also be on offer.

The academy will work with colleges nationwide to provide 350 workplace opportunities for promising students to inspire the next generation of painters and decorators. Tutors at these colleges will also learn about the latest products, methods and design technology to ensure they are passing on the latest skills and techniques to their students.