Painting and Decorating Intermediate Apprenticeship

This programme is designed to give the learner the relevant training and education required to become a successful and competent painter and decorator. Learning through practical and theory sessions at the College is teamed with work based experience and training in order to achieve a Diploma level 2 alongside an NVQ Level 2 in Painting and Decorating.

Course Content

NVQ and Diploma in Painting and Decorating. Units include:

  • How to Prepare Surfaces for Decoration
  • How to Apply Paint Systems by Brush and Roller
  • How to Apply Standard Papers to Walls and Ceilings
  • How to Produce Specialist Decorative Finishes
  • How to Apply Water-Borne Paint Systems Using High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) Spray Equipment
  • How to Erect and Dismantle Access Equipment and Working Platforms

As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also study Employment Rights and Responsibilities, and Functional Skills Level 1 in English and maths.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualification requirements. Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of painting and decorating. You will need to be dedicated and committed to your study and be responsible for your own learning. You will be required to attend an interview with the work based learning team and be asked to complete basic skills assessments in literacy and numeracy. You will also be required to pass a Construction Skills Trade Aptitude Test. Students on this course are required to be employed in a suitable work placement with a painting and decorating company or a Construction company with a painting and decorating department.

What Can I Do Next?

Career pathways may include working on new builds and refurbishments, from small domestic projects to major ones such as public buildings. Progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

How To Apply

To apply for an apprenticeship please read through the information below and then select the correct application button from the menu located further down the page.

If you are aged between 15 and 18 years old then please click the button ’15 – 18 Years – Apply Online’ and you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

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Painting and Decorating Intermediate Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Provides relevant training and education required to become a successful and competent painter and decorator.

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 2
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£6,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£300

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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