James Graham in Grantham can’t find anyone to take an apprenticeship with him.
A training company in East Anglia has noted that over the years the time taken for students to get the decorating bug on their courses has gone from 2-3 months to 12-18 months.
We ran a blogging competition for apprentices, with backing from MypaintBrush and Owatrol, a £300 prize and offering NVQ students a glimpse of how decorators will market themselves going forward. There was almost no response despite several colleges and lecturers aware of the competition.
Without wishing to resort to the cliches - the youth of today aren’t what they were… are these trends general, or specific to decorating, or is it just our bad luck to keep hitting brick walls and there is a muchsimpler way to recruit willing apprentices?