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tesa supports students in painting and decorating diplomas

'tesa staff have taken the time to test our learner's knowledge, resulting in understanding that will help beyond current studies,' said one educator

Posted by Julian Owen | April 29, 2018 | Supplier News

A change in the grading of some technical diplomas has left colleges in the UK searching for sector leaders willing to share knowledge with aspiring painters and decorators.

City and Guilds Painting & Decorating qualifications are aimed at those wishing to progress in their chosen trade, work towards an apprenticeship, or become a master craftsman. Historically, there have always been two key graded elements across all three levels of City and Guilds P&D diplomas, theory and practical assessments. However, Level 3 awards now require a third function for a pass mark to be achieved: employer involvement. This technical evaluation requires an industry expert, acquired by the educational establishment, to interact with students for credits to be obtained.

In theory, if colleges do not provide a suitable industry expert, all those on a Level 3 course would be unable to pass, regardless of how high they score in different areas. Whilst this scenario is unlikely, it remains imperative that colleges take this seriously and have appropriate willing contacts in place.

To that end, tesa has supported UK colleges including those in Leicester, Wolverhampton, Accrington and Leeds for several years. Regarding Leicester College specifically, tesa has donated various products to the institution to aid with learning and, in return, the college has tested some emerging tesa technology and provided feedback that has helped products be developed and refined.

Kirk Staines, Programme Lead, Painting & Decorating Construction Department at Leicester College said, “When changes to City and Guilds qualifications called for industry experts, I thought of tesa immediately. Incorporating tesa tapes in my work has changed the way I paint and improved overall quality and speed. tesa staff have taken the time to test our learner’s knowledge, which has resulted in a comprehensive understanding that will help them beyond their current studies”.


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