East Anglian builders merchant Kent Blaxill has opened the doors of the Kent Blaxill Decorating Skills Centre to its first cohort of students at the Colchester Institute in time for the start of the new term.
The centre has been fully refurbished using Dulux products supplied through Kent Blaxill. The building exterior was painted by local decorator, Terry Hollingsworth, and bears KB signage. The centre operates 18 work bays and houses over 30 full-time students, with local schools set to make use of the facilities in the coming weeks.
Adam Ward, director of faculty for construction and engineering technologies, said: “The link-up is a really positive experience for everybody.
“The new Decorating Skills Centre is an exciting, dedicated learning space for our students. The sponsorship enables us to provide better materials for the students, and the better the materials the more valuable the learning experience.”
Andy Whitney, KB decorative sales manager, added: “We are fully embracing the whole project, and our involvement will not end with the centre launch. We will be giving talks on such things as protective coatings, brushes and will be supplying decorative materials to the centre, as well as arranging visits and work experience at KB Colchester.”
Janine Scarff, Kent Blaxill territory manager, commented: “With a local skills shortage it is great to be able to work in partnership with our local college to support in training the next generation of painters and decorators.
“We are keen to support both students and staff to enhance their knowledge of specialist products, whilst also providing a link between tradespeople and trainees.”