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New Cohort Of BasWorx Trainees Visit The Dulux Decorating Centre In Basildon

New cohort of BasWorx trainees visit the Dulux Decorating Centre in Basildon

Basildon Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Property Services Social enterprise BasWorx have recruited their second round of trainees. The first cohort focussed on school and college leavers in the 16-19 age group but this programme was aimed at unemployed residents with trainees aged from 19-54.

The four trainees, who were all referred from the Jobcentre Plus, visited the Dulux Decorator Centre in Basildon for a tour and general ‘fact finding’ session which was delivered by the Store Manager, David Martin.

The trainees, who recently sat their CSCS Operatives exam, were there to expand their knowledge of the trade. This included how paint colours are mixed, why certain tools are used for certain jobs and also to gain a more in-depth knowledge of the processes and tools required for all painting and decorating tasks.

They were accompanied on the visit by the Operations Manager Glenn Monksfield and the Community Gateway Manager Amy Ross.

The trainees discovered that from only 16 palette colours, over a quarter of a million paint colours can be mixed!  

The team have been decorating some of the office space at a Basildon Council Sheltered Accommodation Facility. Here they have gained practical experience in learning the trade as well as the protocols and considerations of working in an occupied property.

John Ryan, Morgan Sindall’s team supervisor said: “We have a good team here who are working well together while gaining skills in the workplace. Some of these men had never considered painting and decorating as a career but given the chance to retrain has changed their whole perspective on their career aspirations.”

Chris Gloster, 46, one of the BasWorx trainees said: “After being made redundant and being unemployed for a long period, I decided to give the BasWorx Work to Learn programme a go. It’s been a great experience working with the others and we’ve grown into a good team. Hopefully this opportunity will lead to full time employment in the trade.”

After completion of the 6 week training programme it is hoped that the team will be offered full time upskilling employment with the opportunity to complete an NVQ Level 2 in Painting and Decorating. At the same time, they will continue working with BasWorx to brighten up and improve properties for Basildon Council!

The BasWorx programme has been running for a year now and was formed as part of Morgan Sindall’s social value commitments to Basildon Council during the procurement of the Council’s Strategic Asset Management contract.

The BasWorx social enterprise is a not for profit organisation which creates training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities to Basildon residents, whilst delivering a skilled painting and decorating and maintenance service. Any surplus made will be re-invested back into the business or local community.

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