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Painter and Decorator - Intermediate Apprenticeship - Level 2

Overview

Painters and Decorators operate in domestic and commercial properties and undertake the decoration and protection of buildings. Properties include houses, schools, offices, hospitals, factories and construction sites. Working internally or externally they work individually and/or as part of a team applying water-borne and/or solvent-borne paint coatings and wallcoverings. They have good knowledge of paint coatings and wallcoverings and understand and comply with statutory, safety and environmental requirements. They are responsible for their own work achieving a high quality finish at the appropriate pace.

Entry requirements

Each apprenticeship programme will have its own set of entry requirements. You should understand these before making an application. Individual prior attainment will always be carefully considered when planning an apprenticeship programme.

You will need to be aged 16 years and over to be eligible for an apprenticeship programme. As this is a work-based qualification you must be employed in a relevent role and have a contract of employment to cover the duration of the apprenticeship programme. Here at West Nottinghamshire College we have a recruitment team that can help you to find the right opportunity. Call the main college number and ask for the apprenticeship team to find out how we could help you.

As an applicant, you will undertake assessment in both maths and English prior to enrolment to ascertain current working levels which will aid the creation of an individual learning plan towards achieving maths and English at level 2 if not already achieved.

If you have passed maths and English GCSE or equivalent you will be required to evidence this with certificates which will may result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skill qualification within the apprenticeship framework. Please note that as an apprenticeship you are required to demonstrate ongoing improvement in both maths and English even if you are exempt from the tested element.

Start dates and fees

This apprenticeship programme can begin at any time of the year. This might be in line with your start date of employment or perhaps a review with your employer where your development is discussed.

During your apprenticeship your employer is obliged to pay you a wage. The minimum rate for an apprentice in the year 2020 is £4.15 an hour for the first year of learning. It is worth noting that many employers pay above this rate.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

How long is the course?

36 months plus EPA

How will I be assessed?

Blended delivery method including day release at college, work based assessment and online learning including Reflective accounts, witness statements, activity based work books, presentations, professional interview/discussion and work based projects.

What does the course lead to?

Following the successful completion of the intermediate apprenticeship there is the opportunity for further development using other apprenticeship standards, depending on how your role has evolved and the potential to work towards career progression opportunities.

What will I study?

  • Work Methods including the purpose and range of equipment, tools and materials and how to prepare the work area safely providing dust sheets and protection to furniture and nearby surfaces
  • Work hazards, safe working methods and appropriate safety requirements including how to work at height
  • How to identify and respond to customer needs including Principles of costing, pricing and budgeting along with time, scheduling and costs associated with a project
  • Construction industry and building methods including key differences between modern and traditional construction methods
  • Product and specification information including differences of each type of product (water-borne, Solvent borne and epoxy), Drying, curing and recoating times.
  • Preparation, application and removal including differences in systems for new and pre-decorated surfaces. Specialist decorative techniques for example graining, marbling and gliding. The skills of removal and application of wallcoverings.
  • Use of different application methods including brush, roller, spray, power-assisted rollers and special effect tools.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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