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Painter and Decorator Apprenticeship Level 2

Subject Area
Start Date
Study Mode
24 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 2

The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people. 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.

Entry requirements

You must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week, and should have GCSE grade 3 or above in Maths and English. Any candidate without Maths and English at grade 4 will be required to pass English and Mathematics Functional Skills Level 1 qualifications before they can be put forward for the End-Point Assessment (EPA) of this apprenticeship. You will also aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications.

What will I study?

Painters and Decorators work on both internal or external locations. 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. They are good problem solvers and communicators and are able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades.

Method of delivery

Painter and Decorator apprentices attend College on block release and work for their employer the rest of the time. Practical assessment will take place during the apprenticeship. Apprentices will also be required to produce a portfolio of evidence of work completed during their apprenticeship.

How will I be assessed?

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will comprise of 3 parts:

  • Knowledge test
  • Skills test
  • Professional discussion

The knowledge test will be computer-based and comprises of 50 multiple-choice questions. This will last 90 minutes.

The skills test will be an assessment of practical skills based on a task that will take place over 18 hours (three days). The task will holistically assess the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of a Painter and Decorator with 6 set questions asked by the independent assessor to test the apprentice’s underpinning knowledge.

The professional discussions will take a maximum of one hour and will focus on questions that refer to different areas of a worksite, as evidenced in the portfolio of completed work developed during the apprenticeship, in real work environments (e.g. photographs of pre, mid and post-projectYour next steps and written description of task).

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Qualifications received

Painter & Decorator Apprenticeship Level 2.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

On completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card at the appropriate level. Apprentices will progress onto a wide range of employment opportunities in the workplace. Self-employment or starting a business may also be an option. Candidates may also progress on to higher-level qualifications.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Business Partnership Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

Max Rollinson

"I chose to study the Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship because I enjoy practical work and get the opportunity to learn lots of new skills and techniques at College. We also get to try a variety of different tasks which I can then use at work."

Painting & Decorating Apprenticeship
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