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Why Join the SDF

Why Join the SDF?

We are Scotland’s trade association for the painting and decorating industry. We exist to be the voice for the decorator and to improve the image of the industry.

We do this by ensuring our members are reputable, qualified tradespeople who follow our Code of Conduct

We are an influential, lobbying body and provide our members with access to the latest knowledge, training and skills and by negotiating with UNITE the union on wages and conditions for the industry.

Our members undertake approximately 75% of the painting and decorating work in Scotland. More than half the industry’s 30 manufacturers are members of the SDF.

Our apprenticeship registration arm, the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC) , was established in 2009 at the request of the industry. It is a partnership with CITB-Construction Skills and SQA and now registers 80% of CITB-Construction Skills’ apprentices in Scotland.

If you’d like to make your business life easier as well as gain support, friendship and a chance to make a difference to the industry then join us.

Benefits

Exclusive discounts on Vauxhall / BMW | Mini –

SDF members are offered significant savings on Peter Vardy car or van sales and aftersales, including free ply lining on any commercial vehicle purchased, £200 additional discount on any vehicle purchased and free seal and protect and much more…

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We have a bank of insurance advisors whose services and advice are free and available to all members.

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Through the Scottish Painting Council,  we negotiate with the Union on all conditions and matters related to the trade. We immediately inform members of any new agreements well in advance of them being rolled out, giving you good time to plan for any changes.

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The Federation’s apprenticeship registration arm, the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC) was established in 2009 at the request of the industry.

It is a partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland, and CITB-ConstructionSkills, the sector skills council. SPADAC now registers 80% of CITB-ConstructionSkills’ apprentices in Scotland.

SDF / SPADAC is the certification awarding partner with SQA and they both sit on the SQA liaison partnership committee.

The committee meets regularly to design, update and assess qualifications for the industry. The representatives ensure the colleges are delivering to the standard required by the industry, assess the Skills Test centres and provide inspectors for the Skills Test.

The committee is a requirement of SQA to ensure that the relationship with the SDF is progressing in a mutually beneficial way.

If you want to make a difference to the industry from the inside, contact us to see how you can get involved with a committee.

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The Year Book contains key information such as office bearers, wage rates, health and safety policy, code of conduct and reports and is included in your Membership Pack.

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For more than 25 years, we’ve produced a regular newsletter to update members on new legislation, health and safety and industry updates as well as new products, members and SDF news.

Newsletters from the last year are included in your Membership Pack.

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Members’ get access to the Members’ Area of the SDF website where you can obtain sample contract forms, details of relevant regulations, payment calculations and much more.

Membership also means that prospective customers can find you through the Find a Decorator

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When you join the SDF you will receive special offers, discounts or information leaflets from manufacturing members.

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We offer a “No Collection, No Fee” debt collection service for members.

For nominal charges, members can also access other support services including basic commercial searches, domestic searches, full company reports and business monitor.

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Members – and company member employees – can access cost savings on business and holiday travel.

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SDF members are entitled to a reduced membership rate of the private healthcare scheme.

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We promote the SDF and circulate membership to a wide range of bodies, including Councils, health boards, banks, building societies, property holdings (Scotland), Chambers of Commerce and other organisations.

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To promote your membership of the SDF – which denotes high quality of service and work – we have a range of merchandise available, including car stickers, van roundals, ties, diaries, umbrellas and good quality sweaters, polo shirts and ties.

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Members can take advantage of specially discounted design packages for website and business stationery provided by Pocapoc Creative.

Members’ websites will be linked to the SDF’s.

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