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Ian Rippin and Kevin TraversFor more than four decades national-based Painting, Decorating and Industrial Coatings contractor, Bagnalls, have been relying on St Helens College to help train its apprentices.

The relationship between Bagnalls and the College has been forged on a shared understanding of what the company requires of its trainees and Bagnalls’ ongoing commitment to investing in apprentices.

Bagnalls are members of The 5% Club, an industry initiative to seek commitment from companies to recruit at least 5% of their employees through apprenticeships and graduate schemes to help raise the quality of training and opportunities afforded to young people.

In addition to supplying a steady stream of apprentices to Bagnalls, St Helens College recently benefited from receiving generous donations of materials and painting supplies from Bagnalls, enabling students to continue to develop valuable knowledge and skills, to prepare them for a successful career in the industry.

St Helens College alone have supplied Bagnalls with over 150 successful apprentices during the four-decade relationship.

It has also seen several apprentices work their way up within the company and are now in senior site and contracts management positions. More recently, St Helens College and Bagnalls apprentice Adam Knowles was announced the Junior Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) last year at a prestigious ceremony.

Kevin Travers, former painting and decorating apprentice at St Helens College and Bagnalls, who is now a Supervisor with the company said: “It is part of our company’s lifeblood to invest in young people and seek to take on apprentices and offer them long term careers with the company. By undertaking an apprenticeship we know that the individual has had the foundation in painting and decorating to make them a master craftsman.

“Bagnalls is committed to their relationship with St Helens College and we have seen a regular intake of apprentices each year from their painting and decorating courses, employing a lot locally. We currently have eight apprentices from St Helens College.”

Bagnalls is a specialist Painting, Decorating and Industrial Coatings contractor. The head office is based in Shipley, West Yorkshire with over 16 branches across the UK including St Helens and Ellesmere Port.

Ian Rippin, Managing Director of St Helens College Commercial Division said: “Bagnalls are just one of many large employers that we have forged excellent relationships with over the years. St Helens College recognises Bagnalls as an industry leader, who help nurture students to bring out the best of their abilities. They have always proved very supportive of the college’s apprenticeship programmes and are very visible locally. We are proud to be able to supply them with a pipeline of talented apprentices that meet their needs and we look forward to working with them moving forward.”

He added: “Apprenticeships enable employers to not only attract new staff but to train up existing staff to tackle their skill shortages, with many employers finding that training through Apprenticeships has a positive impact on staff morale, retention and productivity.”

For further information regarding how your business can benefit from apprenticeships with St Helens College, please call our Business Development team on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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