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Forty-something Darren: not your average apprentice

Former landscape gardener Darren Nicol, 42, is no stranger to a hard day’s – or night’s – work. After an 18-year stint laying and rearranging gardens, lawns and trees, he spent six years working night shifts in a factory for a contact lens company. The Hamilton man decided it was time for a serious career […]

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SPADAC leads the way with innovative promo film: Your Apprentice in Safe Hands

A new animated film (watch it here) promoting the SPADAC apprenticeship scheme to employers is rolling out across Scotland. The Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council received funding from CITB to produce an innovative promotional TV brochure, which includes a small screen for a film called Your Apprentice in Safe Hands. The Scottish Decorators’ Federation, […]

Everything you need to know for your Skills Test

CITB, in partnership with SPADAC,  has created a new video (below) explaining everything apprentices need to know about the Skills Test, which apprentices must take towards the end of their final year in the P&D Modern Apprenticeship. The 11-minute video explains: An introduction about the Skills Test What happens before the test, including how to […]

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Apprentices’ success celebrated by Youth Employment Minister at Scottish Parliament

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance MSP has marked the milestone achievement of a new Modern Apprenticeship scheme, which saw its first group of apprentices complete their four-year training qualification in an awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament last night (Tuesday, December 3rd). Watch the video. The Minister gave a keynote speech, which celebrated the […]

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Scottish Office calls on SPADAC for skill test model

The apprenticeship scheme run by the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC) has been asked to share best practice with the Scottish Office. Ian Rogers, SPADAC’s Employers’ Secretary, met Fiona Farr of the Youth Employability & Skills Division at the Scottish Office last week to discuss the skills test system. Apprentices in Scotland must […]

SPADAC apprentices get ‘kitted’ out

Past Presidents of the SDF Roz and Brendan Keenan visited Queenslie Training Centre last week to make the latest presentation of toolkits to eight SPADAC-registered apprentices. The toolkits are donated by SDF manufacturing members including Artex, Crown, Hamilton, PPG & Purdy. Brendan said: “The youngsters were very appreciative of the contents and it was particularly nice to see some […]