AkzoNobel Paints Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vocational Training Authority (VTA).
This partnership will provide the Dulux painter community with an opportunity to obtain Level 3 of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in ‘Professional painting’. The new initiative is part of the company’s MHP – Mind, Heart and Pocket – approach for its painter engagement journey.
This NVQ level 3 certification is recognised locally and internationally, and involves an immersive professional and technical course which will help these qualified painters to also take up opportunities abroad should they choose.
AkzoNobe has long been committed towards painter wellbeing and upskilling; this initiative beinga part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the satisfaction, motivation, and skills development of its strong painter community in Sri Lanka. The “Dulux Painter Loyalty” rewards program is also a part of this greater effort, and it is from this painter pool that the participants for this program will be selected.
Commercial Head of AkzoNobel Paints Lanka, Amila Indika said, “This capacity building program in collaboration with the VTA will help provide gainful employment – either within the country or abroad – for our loyal painter community.
For this, the VTA will provide guidance and technical support to help us see this initiative through, to help participants reach their highest potential.”
Dulux will also be sponsoring all painting material for the painters enrolled in the course, until the program’s completion. Chairman, VTA Air Vice Marshal (Rtd) Prasanna Ranasinghe said, “We are delighted to join hands with AkzoNobel Lanka to provide an internationally accredited qualification that will help these painters acquire the most up-to-date skills required in this fast-evolving industry, and eventually lead to better employment opportunities.”