GMB Trade Union has estimated that it will take almost 200 years to achieve gender equality in the UK construction industry, let's change that!


According to statistics, there are an estimated 60,972 more women in the construction industry than there were in 2009, but as a proportion of the overall workforce, women increased by just 2.1%, from 10.4% in 2009 to 12.5% in 2018.

The construction industry is known for being a male-dominated industry, and it is evident that it will take a humongous effort to correct the unequal ratio of men to women working in all aspects of construction!

For example in the sector of Painting & Decorating, the percentage of female professionals is approximately 7.2% which seems very low compared to other jobs outside of this industry!

painting & decorating course

... Getting some first-hand experience in wallpapering today!


Kara Korhonen, pictured above is one of our newest students, she is taking a 5-Day Wallpapering course. After finding the course online searching for "Wallpapering courses" she came across Able Skills and decided its the best place to gain some quality practical knowledge due to our great reputation and facilities!

Once Kara has completed this course, she hopes to open up her own wallpaper shop. The plan is to sell and provide wallpaper installations all the way on the other side of the pond in Boulder, Colorado! A long way from our centre here in Dartford! 

We get a lot of international students coming to Able Skills, and it's great to see! We encourage all walks of life to enrich themselves by gaining a valuable trade that can be used to provide them with a future career! It is especially great to see women like Kara not only studying a construction trade but planning on starting her own business in the world of construction!


Want to take a Painting & Decorating Course?


There are plenty of options for you in terms of Decorating Courses! To determine which course is best suited to your needs, you need to consider your current skill level and think about what you want to achieve from the course!

No Experience?


It all depends on what you want to gain from a course, If you have no experience at all in Painting & Decorating and want an overall feel for it, then we recommend starting with the basics on our Introduction to Decorating Course!

If you're interested in a particular aspect such as wallpapering, we have a 5-day Wallpapering course that is perfect for those looking to get the basics down; maybe to do some DIY around the house or simply grasp the basic skill.

If you are looking to do a little of everything not just Painting & Decorating then we would recommend one of our Multi-skill Courses.  These courses will give you the basics on an array of different trades from tiling to electrical, these courses are specialised for specific reasons such as a Property Development Course!

Looking to start a career?


If you are serious about  Painting & Decorating and would like to pursue this venture as a career! Maybe even start your own business just like Kara? We recommend taking a long-term course and gaining a City & Guilds qualification. Our 5-week City & Guilds Painting & Decorating Course will give you everything you need to become a confident and knowledgeable professional starting out in the industry!

You will learn many practical and theoretical topics, such as:

  •  Introduction to Health and Safety
  • Painting Techniques
  • Painting and Wallpapering
  • Applying decorative effects
  • Applying wallpaper to internal and external angles
  • painting skirting
  • Painting a panelled door

Check out all of our available Decorating Courses:

Want some more information:


If you want some more information about construction training or our decorating courses, you can come to our office! We are open 7-days a week! Come into our office at  K5, Riverside Industrial Estate, Riverside Way, Dartford DA1 5BS anytime between 8:30 - 4:30. Alternately, if you would prefer to talk to  us feel free to call us with any questions or for bookings at - 0808 100 3245