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Painter & Decorator Apprenticeship

Do you have an eye for design, good practical skills and the ability to work creatively and independently? Develop your painting & decorating skills to a high standard and get the opportunity to work on a variety of domestic and industrial projects with this Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship.

Painters and Decorators operate in domestic and commercial properties and undertake the decoration and protection of buildings. Properties include houses, schools, offices, hospitals factories and construction sites. Working internally or externally they work individually and/or as part of a team applying water-borne and/or solvent-borne paint coatings and wallcoverings. They have good knowledge of paint coatings and wallcoverings and understand and comply with statutory, safety and environmental requirements. They are responsible for their own work achieving a high-quality finish at the appropriate pace. They are good problem solvers and communicators and are able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades.

As part of the Apprenticeship, you will have monthly workplace visits from a Learning Development Advisor, with 6 hours per week off the job training which will be tracked. You will build a portfolio showing your work-based evidence.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
2 Years
depending on Level
Level 2
Qualification Level
1 day / week (term-time)
College Attendance

Entry Requirements

  • While there are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship, you may be required to do an Initial Assessment to ascertain your suitability for the course
    If you do not hold a qualification in English & maths at Level 1, you will be required to pass Functional Skills in these subjects prior to the completion of the apprenticeship
    No other specific qualifications are required as full training will be given
  • Employment in the industry

What you will study

  • The purpose of a range of equipment, tools and materials
  • Safe and efficient methods of use, maintenance, movement, protection and storage of materials and equipment
  • How to work at height including the safe use of platforms, steps, ladders and scaffold
  • The most appropriate products and use of colour in different settings
  • Drying, curing and recoating times
  • Techniques of application by brush, roller, pressure assisted roller and spray application
  • Prepare the work area safely by providing dust sheets and protection for furniture
  • Identify different building methods e.g. steel frame, reinforced concrete frame, traditional solid wall and cavity wall, block and dry lined which determine the appropriate paint products and specifications
  • Prepare and strip surfaces using abrasives, chemical etchants, power sanders, heat and liquid methods
  • Wallpaper using techniques for the hanging of lining paper, standard papers, digital print and wide width including (matching patterns, internal and external corners)
  • A strong work ethic, motivated, reliable and adaptable
  • Attention to detail, quality and continuous improvement
  • An awareness of the business’s mission, aims, markets, products and services
  • A customer-focused attitude
  • Effective communication in a team, with clients or with management

What's Next?


  • Contractor
  • Supervisor
  • Project Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Specialist
To apply for an Apprenticeship, please complete the online application form and our Apprenticeship Team will contact you to arrange an interview.
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