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Painting and Decorating - Manx Craft Apprenticeship at Isle of Man College

Course description

These apprenticeships combine studying for a Construction Diploma at Level 1 & 2 and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) at levels 2 and/or 3, with site-based experience. The scheme is run in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development's Training Services, which provides the apprentice/employer with grant support for the period of the apprenticeship.

Painting and decorating extends far beyond house-painting and may involve work on oil rigs or bridges, the gilding of ornamental plaster in stately homes, or the application of specialist finishes and decorative effects. Work may be indoors or mostly outdoors, depending on the area you wish to specialise in. You will move from site to site and will learn how to deal with all the different materials and surfaces you may encounter.

Course content

Both the Construction Diploma and NVQ courses involves the study of theoretical knowledge and the development of practical skills that enable you to perform to industrial standards in a specific craft occupation.

Students with GCSE grades of E or lower in English/Maths will undertake Functional Skill lessons as part of their apprenticeship. Students that have a GCSE grade D in English/Maths will be expected to re-sit the relevant subject.

Entry requirements

You must be in employment and registered with the Department of Economic Development

You will need to have a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade D including English or equivalent (e.g. City & Guilds 6219 at merit grade and English functional skills at level 2).


The Diploma has a series of formal theory tests throughtout the year culminating with the final exams in the theory and practical aspects of the course. Once the Diploma is completed students progress onto their NVQ.
During the NVQ you will be continally assesed on the theory and practical competence throughout the course, building a portfolio of evidence that also includes any practical you have undertaken in the workplace.

Future opportunities

  • Level 3 Craft Activities.
  • National Certificate.
  • Employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Man College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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