Apprenticeship in Construction: Painting and Decorating - Intermediate at West Thames College
Painters and decorators work on domestic and industrial projects ranging from redecorating homes to applying heavy-duty finishes to large structures like bridges. Average salaries for qualified painters and decorators are between £17,000 and £21,500 a year, while decorators with supervisor duties or specialist skills can earn over £23,000 a year. Self-employed painters and decorators set their own rates. Apprenticeships are a common entry route into this career and achieving relevant qualifications can enhance your income and progression opportunities.
Overview of units for Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting (Construction)
The following units are mandatory:
- Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
- Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
- Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
- Erecting and dismantling access/working platforms in the workplace
- Preparing surfaces for painting/decorating in the workplace
- Applying paint systems by brush and roller in the workplace
You will also complete optional units including:
- Applying wall coverings to a range of wall surfaces
- Applying decorative finishes to a range of surfaces
For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older and working as a painter or industrial painter on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises. You may have already completed a young apprenticeship scheme in construction, the 14-19 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, or a craft occupation at Level 1. Alternatively, you may have previously worked in construction (e.g. as a labourer), or been referred through the Women and Work Sector Pathways Initiative or the Construction Youth Trust. You should have functional skills in English and maths or key skills in application of number and communication.
To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting (Construction). You must achieve a minimum of 55 credits to achieve this qualification. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and assessor. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.
Level 2 Certificate in Painting and Decorating. Most of the knowledge you will learn in the classroom in college. Some may also be delivered online and in the workplace.
Personal learning and thinking skills
Evidence will be collected to show that you have acquired the following skills: creative thinking, independent enquiry, reflective learning, self-management, teamwork and effective participation. You will be required to keep an ongoing reflective journal for the duration of the course.
You do not pay to complete an apprenticeship.
On successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you may decide to go on to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Decorative Finishing. After gaining work experience in your chosen occupation, there may be opportunities for you to progress to occupational work supervision, management or technical support.
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.