MPA Skills painting apprentices revamp Salvos Store Maylands

L-R: Stephen Delaney (Painting Trainer, MPA Skills), Cr Catherine Ehrhardt (City of Bayswater), Alex Stone (Store Manager, Salvos Store Maylands) and Ted Bucknell (State Manager, Dulux Trade).  The Salvos Store in Maylands has had a new paint job. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d490654
L-R: Stephen Delaney (Painting Trainer, MPA Skills), Cr Catherine Ehrhardt (City of Bayswater), Alex Stone (Store Manager, Salvos Store Maylands) and Ted Bucknell (State Manager, Dulux Trade). The Salvos Store in Maylands has had a new paint job. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d490654

MPA Skills’ painting apprentices have given the Salvos Store in Maylands a heart-inspired makeover.

The Maylands-based training centre were provided paint from Dulux paints to revamp the outside of the store from a plain white finish to a white love heart-wrapped gift box design.

Representatives from The Salvation Army, MPA Skills, Dulux paint and Bayswater councillor Catherine Ehrhardt celebrated the store’s new look at a morning tea event on February 7.

The project came about after Cr Ehrhardt introduced Salvos Stores regional manager Sean Burgess and MPA Skills painting trainer Stephen Delaney who then started working together.

Mr Delaney said it was a good opportunity to help Salvos and contribute to the community.

“The Salvos are wonderful international organisation that have people all around the world,” he said.

“I had students who were really struggling that I was able to refer to Salvos.

“I’m a painting trainer and what you can’t get with training is real work, real safety issues, working around the public and we are going a step further by doing design and creative work.

“I would like to get more people inspired to be painters and decorators in our industry.”

Salvos Stores state manager Sean Burgess said it was important to build community partnerships.

“Not only has this helped us but it has helped people with training,” he said.

For information about apprenticeships, visit www.mpaskills.com.au.