Dulux Academy launches live training sessions


Dulux Academy has launched Dulux Academy Live, a series of free online workshops to continue to support the painting and decorating trade despite the challenges of lockdown.


Dulux Academy Live sees the Dulux Academy team of industry experts share their knowledge in interactive, engaging sessions delivered via video conference – offering an invaluable opportunity for professionals to upskill.


Lasting 45 minutes to an hour, they will consist of a combination of understanding theory, sharing practical solutions and general discussions.


There are a range of sessions now available on subjects from using waterborne paints and tips for wallpapering, to essential maintenance for Spray machines, colour selection and business skills.


Sessions are free to take part in, but participants are required to register in advance via www.duluxacademy.co.uk.


The launch has already received a positive reaction, with decorators quick to comment on the new concept. Feedback includes: “That’s awesome work”, “Thanks guys it’s nice to have some good news” and “Excellent selection of courses – well done everyone”.


With 75% of the available places booked in the first 12 hours after launch, more workshops and titles are being scheduled. Early indications show popular courses are colour, business skills and paint basics including ‘What is paint’ and ‘Exploring Exteriors’.


Vickie Mather, Dulux Academy Lead, says: “The Coronavirus pandemic has had a really significant effect on a vast amount of businesses and individuals working in the painting and decorating industry. Many have been forced to completely down tools amid the current lockdown restrictions. Dulux Academy has been no exception as we’ve had to cancel face to face courses and seek to re-establish ourselves.


“At Dulux Academy we want to ensure we continue to support painters and decorators in the new digital world.


“All decorators will need is the ability to access a video link and we’ll be able to help them hone valuable skills as they adapt to working in the new normal.


“We hope to welcome back previous attendees and introduce new audiences to the Dulux Academy.”


Launched in 2016, Dulux Academy is the UK’s first dedicated training centre for professional painters and decorators. Approved by City & Guilds and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), to date it has welcomed more than 7,500 course attendees.


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