Apprentices earn brush with success

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THE first wave of apprentices to complete a new training scheme have been celebrated at Holyrood.

Nigel Don MSP congratulated the four graduates of the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC) at the event on Tuesday night.

Set up in 2009 at the request of the industry, SPADAC’s four-year training programme aims to better represent apprentices within the painting and decorating sector, leads to sustained employment and nurtures the next leaders of industry.

It is a partnership between SPADAC – which registers the apprentices and is owned by the Scottish Decorators’ Federation – CITB-ConstructionSkills, the national training body for construction apprentices and the Scottish Qualification Authority.

It now registers 80 per cent of CITB-ConstructionSkills’ painting and decorating apprentices in Scotland.