Universal Coatings has gained an important accreditation to support the ongoing skills development of its workforce.

The company, which is part of the Wilton Group, will deliver the Society for Protective Coatings’ ‘TrainthePainter’ courses for its employees as part of its commitment to delivering high quality products and improving quality standards.

SSPC Train the painter is an internationally-recognised and certified training programme. Developed by industry experts, the coatings applicator course has been created in response to strong demand within the industrial coatings industry.

Industry demands teams working on road, rail, oil and gas programmes all attain professional specified certificates. The SSPC Train the painter programme is approved and certified by SSPC and Lloyd’s Register.

The accreditation has been awarded by Corrodere, a specialist coatings industry training and education organisation, and enables Universal to deliver the training to its staff.

The company has quickly applied the programme to its workforce development and has successfully trained the first group of 16 employees in a four-week period, with further sessions running weekly.

As a result of gaining the accreditation, Universal also intend from next year to offer the training programme to external trainees from its facility at the Port Clarence Offshore Base.

The training reflects Universal’s ongoing approach to skills development, which also includes apprenticeships as the company aims to build its future workforce. The company recently reached agreement with Northern Skills Group to recruit its first two apprentices.

Paul Johnson, Managing Director of Universal Coatings, said: “We are committed to a ‘right first time’ ethos, which is at the heart of our quality operations and delivered by our experienced people. This new accreditation will enable Universal to help develop our existing and future workforce, giving our customers a clear demonstration of our capabilities and assurances of the quality products they will receive.”