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“Signmaking involves producing high-quality signage for a range of purposes, using multiple techniques”

The signmaking industry deals with the design, production and installation of all sorts of signs, from those displayed on company entrances to the advertising hoardings you see around football pitches. The signmaking process involves many skills, from graphic design through to electrical engineering and incorporates materials such as perspex, vinyl, plastic, metal and glass. Various methods are used to produce lettering for signs, including computer-controlled routers for cutting out moulded glass fibre lettering. Screen-printing may also be used to produce posters, while traditional signwriting could involve designing by hand and painting with special brushes and enamel paint. You could be employed as a signmaker, sign installer, quality technician or manufacturing technician. You’ll learn how to design signs, prepare different types of surfaces, cut out and build plastics into letters and logos, use digital technologies, and install signs.

Duration: 12 to 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Art and DT

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience, particularly where creativity is demonstrated

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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