Training and Skills

UNIEP has been dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and certified training schemes for the painting trade since its inception in 1953. Painting Contractors are encouraged to invest in apprenticeships and training schemes to uplift the skill levels of their employees at a managerial, administration and especially a technical level.

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Painting Skills Legacy

The Euro Painting Skills Competitions are organised to bring the best talent from across Europe to compete on an intensive range of skill sets for painters. Skills include painting doors and doorframes, wallpapering, letters and stencilling, free expression of design and painting and dimensional accuracy.

Painting experts with national qualifications and many years’ experience judge the entrants and award points. There are gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the different categories of winners.

All entrants receive a certificate and an element of social networking and mixing with different cultures provides a rich tapestry of experience for young painters.

Between 3rd and 5th June 2014, UNIEP Painting Skills Legacy took place in Leiden, The Netherlands.

The event, sponsored by AkzoNobel, confirmed to be a great occasion to gather together apprentices from all UNIEP member countries to share techniques and a unique experience. The event involved the participation of 10 teams formed by 3-4 apprentices guided by a team leader coming from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

During the three days, young apprentices and their leaders had the opportunity to follow innovative workshops organized by AkzoNobel, such as special effect, and spray application, WB wood satin, WB lacquers, sanding and colour.

This was also a great occasion to present the work of UNIEP to the young public in order to make it aware of the importance and the role of a Painting Contractors Association at the European level. The opportunity was also seized for strengthening the engagement that UNIEP is carrying out in vocational education, regulation of qualifications and mobility of apprentices at the European level.

The event was closed by a Legacy community painting project: the makeover transformation of the Leo Kanner School, a special education/autism school in Sassenheim for pupils aged 12-17, where all the apprentices participating could leave their mark. The event permitted not only to share the latest developments in painting skills and practices but also to create new friendships among painters from different nationalities, embracing therefore the spirit of our association.

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