The PDA is constantly working to represent the interests of its members, and the painting and decorating industry as a whole, and strives to improve the image of the painting and decorating sector in the UK. 

As part of this, the PDA is committed to developing the skills of existing members and those entering the profession. As new innovations, painting techniques and skills are developed, new training methods and schemes need to adapt, thereby futureproofing the industry.

Over the past few months, the PDA has been working with UNIEP (the International Association of Painting Contractors), and other UNIEP members, to develop a new Work-Based Learning (WBL) Platform.

This new WBL platform – the Erasmus+ “Innovative WBL Painting Talents”, or “InPaint” – project has been designed to improve the skills of existing painters whilst developing training for those entering the profession at trainee/apprentice level.

This new initiative aims to:

  • Deliver systematic co-operation between painting contractors and National VET Institutions and Schools to improve professionalism within the sector.
  • Increase the effectiveness of WBL painting training.
  • Promote the image of the painting sector and increase the recruitment of young painters.
  • Bring together different experiences on WBL in painting, such as different perspectives, methodologies, tools, and knowledge.
  • Establish a framework for WBL to support VET institutes and painting contractors across Europe.
  • Create a work-based learning observatory (an open access interactive platform) to bring together existing tools (such as handbooks, videos, and checklists) for trainers and teachers in the sector.
  • To enable the exchange of good practices and documents.

InPaint will be launching on Friday 13th September 2019 in Vienna. For more information, or if you would like to speak to one of our team about the new WBL platform, please call us on 024 7635 3776, or email us at