Since its inception almost 37 years ago, the Prominent Paints Training Academy has invested in the training of almost 13 000 learners within South Africa and Africa; a number this fully integrated member of the PPG Group is committed to growing. Addressing the skills shortage within the local paint industry, the paint courses run twice a month from the Prominent Paints head office in Alberton, as well as other centres within South Africa and Africa.
According to Technical Services Consultant at Prominent Paints, Herman Rabe, rather than limit training to one province, the academy’s instructors travel to any other region, or even African country, to deliver the popular education and training. Further bolstering its reach, Prominent Paints has expanded its training services with the inclusion of application training and contractors evenings for students at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA).
A free service – anyone from paint contractors, artisans, and entrepreneurs, to home owners, and DIY enthusiasts – can register for the three modules that cover Paint Technology and Terminology, Product Knowledge and Painting of various substrates. A course which spans two full days, all delegates receive certificates of attendance. Once learners have completed these introductory courses, they are free to enrol for the online eLearning course. A certificated course – learners also receive their acknowledgement from Prominent Paints once they have completed and successfully passed the eLearning module.
“The courses are both theoretical and practical and the introductory modules cover everything from the paint make up, to calculating the Dry Film Thickness (DFT) and the influence the Micro and Macro climates will have on paint when applied. The fundamentals of surface preparation are covered extensively, as is choosing the right paint system for various substrates,” says Rabe. “More than that, delegates will learn how to effectively resolve customer complaints ensuring they become a paint specialist who can easily and confidently identify and solve paint problems of any magnitude.”
Prominent Paints believes that DIY should be about more than just paint; it’s about responsible and strong leadership, innovative paint solutions, real partnerships and a passion for doing the right thing.
“With so much more than just colour to consider when searching for a paint solution, we believe in investing in the artisans and individuals who are going to be choosing and using our products. As a manufacturer and marketer of paint products that adhere to international best practices and actively promote the drive towards environmental sustainability, Prominent Paints is a brand with substance and our corporate responsibility projects must mirror this,” concludes Rabe.
Prominent Paints is a fully integrated member of PPG Industries and was established in 1981- celebrating 35 years of manufacturing in SA in 2016. The company offers superior quality coatings to suit a range of applications in the commercial, residential and light industrial sectors. Prominent Paints is a proud member of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and from an ecological perspective, its paint is lead free, complies to, and even exceeds the standards set by the GBCSA. The Prominent Paints head office and manufacturing plant are situated in Alrode, Johannesburg. Products are dispatched from the Alrode warehouse to an extensive network of over 300 independent stockists, locally and to other Southern African countries.