College painting and decorating apprentices on the skills ladder

Painting and decorating apprentices thrive in their roles after training with a major commercial decorator.

Nelson & Colne College Group apprentices, Faye Chester and Kelsey Whewell, work at Accrington & Rossendale College and for the Bell Group in and around Accrington, Lancashire.

They received their respective positions after completing a successful two-week internship at the company in the fall.

The duo, both 18 years old, were out with their colleagues this winter to put their skills into practice and work on a range of jobs whatever the weather. It was pictured at work on an estate on Livingstone Road.

Accrington Academy’s former student Kelsey, of Accrington, and Faye, formerly of Shuttleworth College in Padiham, also loved to take time to support Nelson and Colne College Group’s 2021 National Apprenticeship Week celebrations and would recommend other apprenticeships budding future craftsmen.

Kelsey said, “I chose painting and decorating because I love doing it, and when I first went to college I really liked the department and the environment was friendly.

“It’s a great feeling to have completed an apprenticeship with a good company and I’ve enjoyed working on the outside of houses. With an education, you earn and learn at the same time, so I would recommend it to develop your skills and future career. “

Faye Chester

Faye said, “Art was my best subject in school. I loved to paint and to be creative, this is something that I was naturally good at so I went the path of painting and decorating.

“The training was really good – I like the responsibility of being an employee and working in a team. It has also improved my confidence and communication. “

Alison Rushton, associate director of Nelson and Colne College Group, said, “We believe that apprentices will play an important role in the economic recovery.”

Following the government’s expansion of the employer incentive, employers hiring a new apprentice before March 31, 2021 could receive up to £ 3,000 in total.

Julie Lawrenson, National Training Manager for the Bell Group, said, “We have been really impressed with how Faye and Kelsey are doing. You work outside all winter and of course in the middle of a pandemic.

“We have also built a very good working relationship with the College Group’s construction team, which provides excellent support for Faye and Kelsey’s knowledge and skills development once a week on their college days.”

For more information on apprenticeships with Nelson and the Colne College Group, please email [email protected]

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