An Apprenticeship is a mixture of work based and college training; youll earn money while you learn a trade. All of our Apprenticeships are industry approved to ensure you gain the skills you will need throughout a sustained career. The Painting & Decorating apprenticeship scheme will qualify you as a professional Painter & Decorator as well as giving you the option to gain further industry recognised qualifications or progress to advanced level. On Site provides all apprentices with personal protective equipment and a tool kit before you get started.

A Painting & decorating apprenticeship typically lasts a minimum of 2 years. You will be involved with tasks such as painting, cutting in, masking out areas, stripping and preparing surfaces as well as measuring, cutting and hanging wallpaper. The work can be done indoors or outdoors, so you should be prepared to brave the weather and travel to different sites. It involves working at heights, bending, kneeling, crouching etc. It’s not all about big jobs either – you’ll get the chance to show off your artistic skills as well. A Painting & Decorating job would suit a hands-on person with an eye for detail and a touch of flair.

As a painter and decorator, you would work on a variety of domestic and industrial projects ranging from re-decorating homes to applying heavy-duty finishes to large structures like bridges.

On a domestic job, you would use paint, varnishes and wallpaper to decorate rooms. You would follow the householder’s instructions about choice of colour, finishing texture and wallpaper patterns. Your main tasks would include:

  • measuring surface areas to work out how much paint or wall covering you need
  • stripping off old wallpaper or paint
  • filling holes and cracks and making sure surfaces are level
  • preparing surfaces with primer and undercoat
  • mixing paint to the right shade, either by hand or using computerised colour-matching equipment
  • applying layers of paint and hanging wallpaper
  • tidying up after finishing a job

On some jobs you might apply specialist finishes such as rag rolling, graining and marbling. You would often work from ladders or raised platforms to reach ceilings.

For industrial projects, such as bridges or ships, you would remove old paintwork with abrasive blasting methods before applying new coatings using industrial paint spraying equipment. You would use a cradle or safety harness when working.

Paints and solvents give off fumes, so you may have to wear a protective mask or use fume extraction equipment on some jobs, if in enclosed spaces.