Students Paint A Great First Impression For College Guests
A group of talented students left their mark on Kensington and Chelsea College quite literally after taking on a special project.
14 students from the college’s Painting and Decorating course and schools programme decided to put their skills to the test after volunteering to revamp the college’s Maxilla Walk Centre.
Armed with tins of paint, several brushes and steely determination the students spent two weeks performing the mini make over resulting in vibrant new red and cream walls and brighter looking toilets at the college centre.
The new look was welcomed by staff and students, and praised by College Principal Mike Jutsum, who said:
‘The students have totally transformed the first floor of the Maxilla Centre with their new found skills and creativity. They’ve done a brilliant job, and who better to have a say on what the college looks like than our own students!’
Student David Kellman said:
‘Painting Maxilla Walk Centre has given us experience in completing a real live project which everyone at the college and visiting guests can benefit from.’
College Painting and Decorating tutor, Karen Stewart, added:
‘The students are incredibly proud of what they have achieved, and rightly so. Their hard work and skill will leave a lasting impression on those entering the college as the first floor feels really bright and welcoming thanks their efforts! It’s nice that they have been able to use their skills to improve their college.’
As part of their Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating the students learnt about health and safety, using different types of paint, wallpapering and decorative techniques and lining walls. On course completion students will gain an industry approved and recognised qualification.
Speaking about the course, student David Kellman, 44, added:
I enrolled to gain additional skills and get qualified, and really enjoy the course. The students have all really bonded as a team. We get taught the practical and theory side of painting and decorating to ensure we get a good grounding in the subject.
For me, it wasn’t easy deciding to come back to college at 44 but it has been a good experience and worthwhile – I’m glad I went for it. I felt it was to time to buck up my ideas and learn new skills.
I’m hoping the course will help me find a job or eventually lead to me setting up my own business.
See the pictures of the painting and decorating students at work
Date published: 15 March 2012