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Why we need to train for the future

A couple of things recently have moved me to comment on why we need to train apprentices for the future. Despite separate reports, which I received and which seem a little contradictory, they point to one conclusion: though not everyone might feel it, there are clear signs that the economic recovery is here and that […]

Bathgate students’ national apprenticeship scheme success

Two young trainees from Bathgate have beaten off competition from over 200 applicants to claim a place on property maintenance firm Novus Property Solutions’ coveted national apprenticeship scheme. Martin Naysmith and Jamie Paterson will soon be starting their work-based painting and decorating apprentice placements with Novus, based on Whitehill Industrial Estate in Bathgate, where they […]

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 […]

Annual Competition Winners 2013

More than 250 delegates made their way through snow and gales to attend the 14th SDF Annual Convention, which kicked off with Nigel Don MSP officially opening the Scottish Painting and Decorating Show at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club today (Friday 22nd March 2013). The Annual Competition Winners were presented at the prize-giving […]

SDF’s productive meeting with Danny Alexander MP

The Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF) enjoyed a productive meeting with The Rt Hon Danny Alexander, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey, in Inverness today (Friday, February 1st). SDF Chief Executive Ian Rogers and President Ralph Skene joined local constituent and SDF member David MacDonald of Highland Painters and Decorators to meet with Lib Dem […]