Painting & Decorating

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) in Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting.

Most candidates start on an Intermediate Apprenticeship and progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship although the level may be determined by the role in the workplace and previous qualifications.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week, we encourage students to seek their own employment, but support and help can be provided.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship takes two years to complete.

Apprentices attend Garforth Academy 1 day a week and work for their employer the rest of the time.

Why Painting and Decorating?

The right combinations of colour and texture can transform a room to make it feel warmer or cooler, more lively or calmer and more comfortable and welcoming.

A painting and decorating apprenticeship will teach you how to prepare surfaces, match colours, apply coatings and wallpaper and work with a variety of materials and surface coatings, interior and exterior paint and a range of wallpapers. You will also learn specialist techniques like marbling and rag-rolling to create decorative effects and spraying.

What will I study?

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting (Site based qualification)

Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace

Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace

Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace

Erecting and dismantling access/working platforms in the workplace

Preparing surfaces for painting/decorating in the workplace

Applying paint systems by brush and roller in the workplace

Garforth Academy technical based units include:

Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others

Prepare surfaces for decoration

Apply paint systems by brush and roller

Apply standard papers to ceilings and walls

Produce specialist decorative finishes

Additional Study

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 2

Maths and English (and sometimes IT) are key elements of apprenticeship programmes and if you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects you will be required to study Functional Skills at the appropriate levels.

Skills in Maths and English will support your apprenticeship programme, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C

How will I be assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability. This could include a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests.

The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through on-line tests.

What could it lead to?

Many learners progress from the Apprenticeship to the Advanced Apprenticeship. There is then the opportunity to progress to higher level courses such as the National Certificate or National Diploma in Construction.