Middlesbrough college is working hand in hand with Crown paints, who will choose a Student Decorator of the Month from the college’s painting and decorating courses, and invite them on a tour of their head office once a year.
Ed Hall, course team leader for painting and decorating at Middlesbrough College, said: “This really is a great opportunity for our students, who currently include 30 learners on City and Guilds diplomas and five apprentices.
“Crown Paints are kindly donating a prize each month to our students who show early signs of what employers are seeking - good attendance and punctuality, eagerness to learn, and commitment and motivation to their chosen trade.”
On the trip to Crown’s head office in Lancashire, the selected students will see how the company’s paints are manufactured, and will make their own individual tin of paint.
Ed said: “Our students will also be invited to visit their local Crown decorating centre and even open their own account – this initiative is designed to help give them a good introduction to the industry.”
Middlesbrough College is expecting to increase the number of students and apprentices on its painting and decorating courses after recently achieving Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) accreditation.
Joanne Lathan, regional operations manager for Crown, said: “We do a lot of work in education, but this is the first time we’ve worked so closely with a college.
“We’re delighted to get to know these students from the very beginning and we’re looking forward to seeing them mature into young professionals.
“There are good careers in painting and decorating, and we like the way the college nurtures the full range skills the students will need.”