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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.

  • What will I study?


    • The purpose of a range of equipment, tools and materials.
    • The characteristics of materials and their reaction to atmospheric conditions.
    • Safe and efficient methods of use, maintenance, movement, protection and storage of materials and equipment.
    • Work hazards, safe working methods and appropriate safety requirements.
    • How to work at height including the safe use of platforms, steps, ladders and scaffold. Skills
    • Prepare the work area safely providing dust sheets and protection to furniture and adjacent surfaces.
    • Identify hazards and risks in the workplace ensuring a safe environment is maintained at all times.
    • Select, use, maintain and store, paint, tools, wallcoverings, spray equipment, steps, ladders and towers safely.
    • Follow and maintain work procedures and method statements.
    • Make the most efficient and effective use of resources, time and materials.
    • React correctly using the correct method of actions and reporting in the event of an accident or incident. Behaviours
    • Their responsibilities towards their own and others safety in the work place.
    • A strong work ethic, motivated, reliable and adaptable.
    • Attention to detail, quality and continuous improvement.
    • An awareness of the businesses mission, aims, markets, products and services.
    • A customer focused attitude.
    • Effective communication in a team, with clients or with management.
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in decorating and being creative with your work.

  • How is the course assessed?
    • 1 day at college day release
    • Develop a portfolio of evidence
    • Assessments in the work place
    • Off sites visits

    To complete your apprenticeship you will have to pass an end point assessment.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • Work hazards, safe working methods and appropriate safety requirements
    • Most appropriate products and Use of colour in different settings
    • techniques of application by brush, roller, pressure assisted roller and spray application.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • identify hazards and risks in The workplace ensuring a safe environment
    • Select, Use, maintain and store, paint, tools, wallcoverings, spray equipment, steps, ladders and towers safely
    • Use different application methods.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • responsibilities towards own and others safety in The workplace
    • Attention to detail, quality and continuous improvement?
    • Effective communication in a team, with clients or with management.?
  • General info

    Essential equipment required for classroom activities and assessments:

    • Scientific calculator, pencils, coloured pencils, Black ink pens, ruler, maths set, rubber, coloured highlighters, A4 project book, A4 leaver arch folder, narrow post-it index.
    • White bib and brace overall
    • Safety boots
    • Safety specs (clear)
    • No-cut gloves
  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could progress within the painting and decorating industry or progress to a higher level qualification.

  • Entry Requirements for new students
    • Applicants will typically hold:
    • 4 x GCSEs grade 9-3
    • Equivalent L1 qualifications appropriate to the apprenticeship
    • Initial assessment (BKSB and free-writing) will demonstrate the applicant is working at Entry 3 for English and mathematics
    • In the absence of the above, a professional discussion may be offered to confirm suitability for the programme and likelihood to achieve.

    *All applicants will be invited for interview with an apprenticeship advisor and the employer

    • Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
    • In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Admissions Process

    The interview process will include an informal advice and guidance session with one of our apprenticeship advisors in preparation for a formal interview with an employer (subject to suitability for the course and job).

    You will need to bring copies of your certificates for any qualifications already achieved and a copy of your CV or application. You should also be prepared to sit English and maths assessments.