Course at a glance

Subject Area:

Painting & Decorating

Attendance:

Apprenticeship

Qualification:

Level 2 Standard

Course Start:

September

Course Length:

36 months

Location:

North Street Campus

Cost:

£9,000


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Course overview

This Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship is available to anyone aged over 16.

Painters and decorators use a range of materials including paint and wallpaper to enhance and protect surfaces. These surfaces could include plaster, metal and wood. They work on a variety of domestic and industrial projects ranging from re-decorating homes to applying heavy-duty finishes to large structures like bridges.

The course is structured to meet the mandatory 20% ‘off the job training’ that all apprentices are required to complete.


What skills and qualities do apprentices need?

Artistic and creative, good communication skills, observant with a good eye for detail.


Entry requirements

You should be aged 16 or over and ideally already be employed or have secured a work placement, however we may be able to help you with this. 

Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL. 

To search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies visit the national apprenticeship vacancy website.

If you are aged 16-18 and you are unable to find an apprenticeship, you can apply for a study programme and switch over at any point when you do find one.


What would apprentices learn at College?

  • How to use painting and decorating tools and equipment
  • How to apply various oil/water based paints to different surfaces including windows, doors, ceilings and walls
  • How to use different types of access equipment safely e.g. ladders and towers
  • How to prepare different backgrounds ready to apply decorative finishing including wallpaper, paint and decorative effects
  • The uses of information technology in the workplace.
  • How to apply various types of wall coverings including free match, patterned papers and embossed
  • How to correctly apply decorative finishes such as marbling and graining, sponge stippling, stencilling and broken colour.
  • Types of preparation methods including removal of previous coatings and wallcoverings using hand tools, power tools and chemicals.
  • Key factors and systems of working in different sectors, such as occupied properties, health and education facilities where residents, patients and students may be present
  • Wallpaper using techniques for the hanging of lining paper, standard papers, digital print and wide width
  • including (matching patterns, internal and external corners).

No matter what level you are currently working at, you will be expected to further your skills in English and maths.


Information for employers

If you are considering taking on an apprentice and would like to find out more about the Painting & Decorating Apprenticeship please get in touch with the apprenticeship team.

They will be able to advise you on the course content, offer advice for levy and non-levy payers and provide details on the end point assessment (EPA).

Call:

0113 222 6023

Email:

wbl@lcb.ac.uk


Next steps

On completion of this standard, apprentices will progress to a wide range of employment opportunities, or move onto full or part-time further & higher education.

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirement of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Advanced Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely recognised as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade.

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