Painter and decorator apprenticeship

Undertake the decoration and protection of buildings

A painter and decorator operates in domestic and commercial properties and undertakes the decoration and protection of buildings. Properties include houses, schools, offices, hospitals, factories and construction sites. Working internally or externally, individually or as part of a team, you’ll apply water-borne and/or solvent-borne paint coatings and wall coverings. During the painter and decorator apprenticeship you’ll develop a good knowledge of paint coatings and wall coverings, as well as an understanding of and how to comply with statutory, safety and environmental requirements. You’ll gain responsibility for your own work, with a view to achieving a high-quality finish at the appropriate pace. You’ll become a good problem solver and communicator, and will be able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Art, DT

Entry requirements for the painter and decorator apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £24,000 per annum

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