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Phillip Shields

Phillip attend Hugh Baird College straight from school and studied on the Level 1 Painting & Decorating course in order to develop his skills. He is now a Painter & Decorator for AccorHotels Group.


  1. AccorHotels Group.

  2. Level 1 and Level 2 Painting and Decorating.

  3. The course helped a great deal. I was taught by Mark and Jim and they both helped me to get work experience, which although temporary lead to a permanent position. A previous student of Hugh Baird College works for the hotel as a maintenance painter. Mark and Jim helped him to gain that position.

  4. The knowledge gained from my tutors and the opportunity to gain this position at AccorHotels Group. The tutors made my learning fun, which helped keep me focussed. The staff told the students that if employers came looking for employees, there would be a chance for learners to gain permanent work if their attendance and attitude were good.

  5. The support came from tutors. I felt that I could cope with the work and anything that I found difficult was explained and demonstrated in a way that helped me to improve.

Phillip progressed on to the Level 2 course where he started to secure work experience and grow his industry links.

His hard work paid off and after completing his studies, he secured full time employment working for AccorHotels at hotels in Liverpool and across the UK.

Phillip said:

The course was amazing. My tutors were great and they helped me to get work experience. Although this was temporary I worked hard to make a good impression and it led to a permanent position.

What I enjoyed the most about going to Hugh Baird College was learning something new every day and developing myself each week in to a better painter and decorator. The tutors made my learning fun which helped keep me focussed. The staff have great links with employers and they were always telling us how important it is to have the right attitude and good attendance as this is what employers want.

Phillip’s advice:

Listen to your tutors and take on board all the advice they give you. They want you to achieve and get a job. Also, don’t miss classes as each week builds on the week before so if you miss a week, you will find it tough to catch up.

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