Islington businessman issues challenge to unemployed teens as he opens workshop

11:43 10 September 2012

Kevin McLoughlin

Kevin McLoughlin

Archant

A self-made businessman has announced a new training school for Islington’s out-of-work young people – and challenged them to sign up and prove they can handle hard graft.

Kevin McLoughlin’s company, K&M McLoughlin Decorating, in Essex Road, Islington, will spearhead a programme dedicated to getting 16 to 19-year-olds ready for work on a building site.

The firm was given planning permission on Monday to transform a vacant warehouse in Brewery Road, Holloway, into a painting and decorating workshop, where young people will be put through five weeks of intensive training.

But Mr McLoughlin warned it won’t be easy, saying: “This will be a controlled environment with building site rules. What we have designed is a very hard programme and we expect a high level of dropouts.

“These young people will have to get out of bed in the morning and be working by 8am, and they’re not going to stop until 5pm.

“We fully expect half of them to drop out because we don’t think they can handle it – but that’s the challenge.”

Although he now heads up a multi-million pound business, Mr McLoughlin, 55, left school at 15 with no qualifications, after attending the former Saint William of York Secondary School in Gifford Street, Islington.

He credits his success to the four-year apprenticeship he did as a teenager – and hopes the trainees will follow in his footsteps.

“This is a groundbreaking programme,” he said. “We have our own apprenticeships, but we can’t employ everyone.

“So we’re teaming up with three of the biggest paint manufacturers with contacts across the industry, and they will help get those who complete the course into apprenticeships.”

Islington residents will make up 75 per cent of those at the training school. It is supported by Islington Council, which is providing the premises, and City and Islington College.

n The first course is due to start in October. Anyone who is interested should contact Antonia Steele of K&M on training@kmdecorating.co.uk or 020 7288 8710.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest business news

Monday, June 15, 2015
Proposed tower at 22 Bishopsgate and [insert] view from The Momnument looking north [image: Hayes Davidson]

Designs for the proposed tower at 22 Bishopsgate have gone on show for the first time today in a public exhibition before the modified post-recession scheme is submitted for City of London Corporation approval later this summer.

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Silicon roundabout

Councillors in Hackney and Islington say they would welcome any investment into Tech City as government plans to transform the Old Street roundabout remain a mystery.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Conference on how start ups can make the most of collaborating with corporates

Start-ups were advised to be confident and know their worth when doing business with bigger companies at a conference about how they could effectively collaborate with larger corporates.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Meg Hillier, representative for Hackney South and Shoreditch, during a photocall for Labour MP's at The House of Commons, Westminster.

MPs for Tech City have voiced their recommendations on how to ensure the technology powerhouse continues to thrive under the new Tory government.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Russ Shaw speaking at Tech London Advocates conference

A new report has highlighted three major issues that could seriously affect the growth of Tech City.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Jessica Ellis and Tom Hankin are the brother and sister team behind Ambam

Looking for something extra special from shops on your local high street? Then try new social network Ambam, created especially for Londoners.

Competitions

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more
£100 worth of pet goodies up for grabs!

Animal lovers rejoice! It’s time to treat your pooch or spoil your kitty with a hamper worth £100 from Feedem.

Read more

London Bloggers

Monday, April 13, 2015
Vintage fashion shopping is a joy in London (Photo by Graham French/BIPs/Getty Images)

In with the old, out with the new. This is the mantra of the best London vintage shoppers today, whose aesthetic of effortless chic is becoming more sought after.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Eating the right foods can significantly improve your mood

Think sweet treats make you feel better? ‘Comfort foods’ could be adding to your misery.