The Coating Applicator Apprenticeship Scheme

National Apprentice of the Year:
The David Allison Memorial Award

The David Allison Memorial Award is a mark of achievement of excellence open to all individuals who have completed the Industrial Coating Applicator Apprenticeship scheme.

Nominations should be made by the organisation for whom the apprentice works and must have the support of the End Point Assessor team and the relevant College.

Nominations to be submitted annually by 30th June to the Forum Administrator at

National Apprentice of the Year Award Criteria

Apprenticeship Scheme Testimonials from HMG Paints Ltd:

I recently completed the Industrial coatings applicator course through North Lindsey College and Jack Tighe. This course has been extremely useful in preparing me for a career within the paint industry, the knowledge I have gained from it has allowed me to move into HMG’S defence team involving me in some of the MOD’s largest projects. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has the ambition to forge a career within the coatings industry as the knowledge of all involved from the tutors to the assessors is invaluable.

Joshua Taylor, Apprentice

The industrial coatings applicator course ran by The North Lindsey College and Jack Tighe gave me a brilliant insight into the coatings world.  Some of the sectors I found most beneficial were the surface preparation, coating defects and the environmental implication modules as these directly link to my role at HMG Paints. I would highly recommend anybody interested in the coatings industry to join the course as it offers an in depth understanding of the coatings industry led by fantastic qualified tutors.

Nathan Eckersley, Apprentice

We are always keen to grow our own talent and the scheme provided an opportunity to do this, providing a clear career path for both of our apprentices and generating value for HMG as a business. By providing young, talented, and enthusiastic people with this opportunity as part of an overall companywide training and development programme, the scheme helps to future proof the qualities and skills required to propel the company into the future and onto its next phase of development. We have identified an industrywide shortfall in skilled workers and by collaborating with Jack Tighe and ICATS it allows us to fill a skills shortage gap in a way that provides immediate returns to HMG and invaluable training for our apprentices.

John Fenton, HR Director


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