Advanced Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating


A few tins of emulsion and a lick of gloss can breathe new life into an old room or add the final touch to a newly built home. This is what painting and decorating is all about: finishing and restoring buildings and other structures. The work is varied and takes place on both a small and large scale, from hand painting ornamental fixtures in a stately home to applying a protective coating to the outside of an oil rig.

A painting and decorating apprenticeship will teach you how to prepare surfaces, match colours, apply coatings and wallpaper and work with a variety of materials like gloss and Artex. You need to be good with your hands and able to follow instructions from the client. An interest in art and design is helpful, too. Like most construction-related jobs, painting and decorating will see you working on a variety of different sites, both indoors and out. You could be working at height, or in some hard to reach places, so fitness is a plus.

Within the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship their is an element of supervisory skills required and you need to be able to calculate prices of work for customers and work out how much materials need to be ordered.

Course requirements

Ideally, you will have 5 GCSEs A*-C including English and maths.

What will I do?

You will be required to complete the NVQ and Diploma in Painting and Decorating as well as completing Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

If it is required, you will also need to complete Functional Skills in Mathematics and English. You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you in your work place to provide support with the NVQ and you will attend Bishop Auckland College 1 day a week to complete theory work.

What will it give me?

The apprenticeship will develop your painting and decorating skills within challenging working environments. The apprenticeship will also provide you with a nationally recognised qualification.

Materials needed

Nothing, your employer will provide you with PPE.

What can I do when I finish?

On successful completion you may wish to continue your studies in construction at a Level 4.

Employment opportunities include Decorator, General Construction Operative, Property Maintenance, Site Manager, Restoration Person or you may choose to become self employed within the Construction sector.

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