Homebase launches Design & Decorating Academy
Homebase has launched a new programme that aims to get more young people interested in careers in interior design and decorating.
The retailer’s first ever intake of students for the Homebase Design & Decorating Academy was revealed at Grand Designs Live exhibition last week.
The 13 students will join Homebase for a year and will be taught all the tricks of the trade from a range of industry experts, including Homebase suppliers such as Dulux, Harris, and Graham & Brown.
They will also receive City & Guilds training to help them gain practical experience and knowledge of the latest trends to help them as they advise customers in Homebase Design Centres.
John Shaw, Homebase HR director said: “As one of the UK’s leading home enhancement retailers, we are committed to championing our industry as a great career choice – and we’re delighted to be able to offer young people such a significant boost on the career ladder.
“We received a fantastic response when we announced we were looking to start a Design & Decorating Academy – and we are excited to welcome the new students on what is set to be a great start to their careers.”
The Homebase Design & Decorating Academy student names and store locations are:
Ruth Southall: Worcester Blackpole
Angelica Edwards-Marsh: Leeds Moor Allerton
Nicola Brissett: Birmingham Selly Oak
Carolyn Arnold: Chelmsford
Louise Hutchinson: Leeds Moor Allerton
Michael Player: St Albans
Anna Casson: Kingston
Carly Fordham: Battersea
Sarah-Jayne Bedford: Solihull
Joanne Berry: Ruislip
Annie Henley: Hemel Hempstead
Imanol Arrue: Battersea
Salsabil El-Awaisi: Edinburgh Blackhall
Those students completing the scheme to a satisfactory level may then receive an offer to progress their career within Homebase stores, either within the retailer's distribution network or at its head office in Milton Keynes.
The Homebase Design & Decorating Academy follows on from the success of the Homebase Garden Academy, which is now in its second year.
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