New year, new skills - Dulux Academy training opens new avenues for Bolton-based decorator

As the ongoing pandemic presented challenges, Ashley Woodcock made the conscious decision to take his business to the next level by taking two Dulux Academy courses in the space of two months. Read more to find out more, and why Ashley recommends Dulux Academy to all decorators. 

International Women's Day - 8th March 2021

Vickie Mather, Dulux Academy and Dulux Select Decorators Lead, shares her story as a woman leading a team during one of the most challenging years...

Dulux Academy back with New Safety Procedures

The team are thrilled to be able to offer face-to-face courses at the Dulux Academy in Slough again from 1st July 2020!

In order to keep yourselves, as well as ourselves as safe as possible during this time we have introduced a range of procedures that are specifically aimed at minimizing the risk of COVID-19.

Dulux Academy - COVID-19 Response

We have been closely monitoring the Government advice over the past few weeks.

The safety and wellbeing of our customers and team is our priority at this time and therefore we have made the decision to suspend Dulux Academy courses at Slough and across our college partner locations.

The suspension will take place from  Monday 23rd March until Monday 1st June – although we will continue to monitor this return date based on latest information. 


Nicola Lewis Wins Dulux Academy Design and Decorate Challenge 2019

Dulux Academy has proudly crowned Nicola Lewis of Mrs Lewis’ Decorating Company from Matlock the winner of the third annual Dulux Academy Design and Decorate Challenge.

Acclaimed for her unique craftsmanship, eye for design plus expert wallpapering skills - Nicola will now receive the money-can’t-buy prestige of her wallpaper design made into bespoke rolls by wallpapering specialists Graham & Brown.

Dulux Academy gives future decorators a ‘brush with adventure’

Eight apprentices from Dulux Academy partner The Bell Group and Lincoln College travelled to the Lake District last month to take part in a week long Brush with Adventure course sponsored by Dulux Academy.

How to Build your Business with Social Media

Gone are the days when a decorator could rely on business leads coming from placing an ad in The Yellow Pages.

These days, advertising, marketing, winning new business, chatting to customers and showing off your work all happens in one place - social media.

Social networks carry so much power due to the numbers of people using them every day that establishing a presence and growing an audience can be critical to the success of any decorator's business.

Dulux Academy highlights importance of Mental Health for Trade Professionals

Research from the Dulux Academy reveals that decorators are amongst the least open trade profession when it comes to discussing mental health, despite 1 in 2 admitting to having been affected at some point in the past 5 years.

In a survey carried out by Dulux Academy with 1,000 trade professionals, builders topped the table as most likely to suffer with mental health issues, despite being the most likely to ask for help. In contrast, almost half (45 per cent) of professional painters and decorators wouldn’t be open to asking for support.

Discover the new wider woodcare and exterior range

Spring is here. So, to help you with your exterior jobs, you’ll now find an improved woodcare and exterior range at your local Dulux Decorator Centre. Choose from our new and existing products in-store and online

Discover the improved range

Definitely made the difference in winning new clients

Want to lean new skills and attract more clients? Our Exterior Coatings course is perfect if you’re looking to learn invaluable exterior techniques, so hear from recent delegate Alan about how it’s helped him win new business

As well as helping you to develop additional skills, Dulux Academy courses can also help you to schedule your work and save time. That’s one of the objectives of our popular Exterior Coatings course. Keep reading to find out more about the course below and read some positive feedback from a recent delegate.

Meet Dulux Select Decorator Steph Howles sharing her industry experience on International Womens Day

To mark International Women’s Day, we have reached out to one of our Dulux Select Decorators who has been assessed and carefully selected by us to learn more about her experience as a female at the top of her game in the painting and decorating industry.

Meet Steph Howles, a female decorator from Warwickshire. In an industry traditionally dominated by men, it is important to share the stories of inspirational females who are and paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps.

Hosting 75 apprentices nationwide during National Apprentice Week

Dulux Academy is proud to support National Apprentice Week for the third consecutive year.

This year’s National Apprentice Week theme is ‘Blaze a Trail’ which aims to showcase and celebrate the passion and energy that apprentices bring. Working across their college partners, Dulux Academy will actively involve and celebrate the passion of seventy-five apprentices in this year’s event as they take their ‘Water-based Challenge’ on the road.

The challenge aims to educate and inform apprentices about the benefits of using water-based products and demonstrate the practical application tips and techniques which are required to create a fantastic finish.

New year, new workwear gear

If you need high-quality workwear, Dulux now offer practical and modern gear for both men and women. Find the new range online and at Dulux Decorator Centres 

Discover the 2019 Colour of the Year

Impress your customers with your knowledge of the Dulux Colour of the Year 2019; Spiced Honey. Find out more about 2019’s Colour of the Year and download your essential guide featuring some great colour palettes. 

Dulux Academy paints the town red with On The Tools Awards

Dulux Academy are the proud winners of the 2018 On the Tools ‘Training Excellence Award’.

The On The Tools Awards aims to celebrate and reward construction workers, sub- contractors, tools and equipment manufacturers and construction companies from across the UK.

Dulux Academy receives CiTB Approved status

The Dulux Academy has been officially recognised as an outstanding provider of training by becoming a CiTB Approved Training Organisation (CiTB ATO).

The endorsement is a result of the exceptional training provided by the Dulux Academy where courses designed to help decorators upskill, build their business and hone their design knowledge are continuously delivered to defined and industry-agreed standards.

Dulux Academy opens its latest facility in Lincoln

The Dulux Academy has extended its reach across the UK by opening a new training facility in partnership with Lincoln College. The new partnership forms part of Dulux Academy’s commitment to upskill 10,000 UK professionals by 2020 and was officially opened with an event for local business in the painting and decorating industry in the area.



A great deal for Dulux Academy customers

Dulux Academy, AkzoNobel and the Holiday Inn have teamed up to be able to offer a special room rate of £79 per night including breakfast whilst you are training at Dulux Academy in Slough.