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Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Training at Leeds College of Building

Course description

What's it all about?

Painters and decorators use a range of materials ncluding 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.

 What skills and qualities do I need?

  • Artistic and creative
  • Good communication skills
  • Observant with a good eye for detail 

How much could I earn?

Starting salaries can be between £14,500 and £17,000 a year. Average salaries for qualified painters and decorators are between £17,500 and £23,000 a year. Decorators with supervisor duties or specialist skills can earn over £23,000 a year.

Course content

What would I 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
  • 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

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

Entry requirements

All applicants will be required to pass an assessment.

You must have achieved the Level 2 NVQ Diploma to commence the Level 3 NVQ Diploma.

Financial information

Your employer will pay the costs associated with an Apprenticeship.

Future opportunities

You could progress from a level 2 to a level 3 qualification. There is also the opportunity to progress into higher education at the College.

Further information

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.

You can also visit the National Apprenticeship Service website where you can register your details and search for vacancies.

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.

Last updated date: 06 March 2018
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Apprenticeship Team
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 222 6023
    • Email address:
    • wbl@lcb.ac.uk

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