Painting & Decorating Apprenticeship

Qualification: Intermediate
Level 2

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in painting and decorating.  As a Painter and Decorator Apprentice, you will develop your practical hand skills and technical knowledge required to work in the construction industry as a professional and competent painter and decorator.  You will work on projects ranging from re-decorating homes and commercial buildings (using paint, varnish and/or wallpaper) to applying heavy-duty finishes to large structures, like bridges.


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What you will learn

Main duties include:

  • Measuring surface areas to work out how much paint or wall covering is required
  • Stripping off old wallpaper
  • Filling holes and cracks and leveling surfaces
  • Preparing surfaces with primer and undercoat
  • Mixing paint to the right shade
  • Applying layers of paint and hanging wallpaper
  • How to mix and apply specialist paint finishes (marbling & graining)
  • Spraying HVLP. And Airless

There are three main Painter and Decorator orientated categories to this apprenticeship – Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours. More detailed information can be found on the apprenticeship standard document here.

Learning style

As an apprentice, you can expect to undertake work-based learning with an employer and be paid a wage.

You will attend college on a block release basis to ensure you get the support you need to succeed.  The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training provided by the employer.  You will be assigned an assessor who will help guide you through the entire apprenticeship.


City College’s construction workshops provide a fantastic learning environment with industry-standard equipment, where you can learn everything you need for you to begin your Painting and Decorating career.  We have industry expert tutors, who will be on hand to teach and guide you through and answer any questions you may have.

Entry requirements

Candidates will typically require a minimum of GCSE Grades of E/2, which must include English and maths.  You will need to provide evidence of this prior to starting your apprenticeship.  If you have not already achieved these in English and maths, you will be required to do so before completing your apprenticeship – we can help you with this.


To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice. If you already have an employer please contact us. If not don't worry you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies which is regularly updated.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

You must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 18 months
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Information for Employers

Off-the-job training

Each apprenticeship must include 20% off-the-job training, which amounts to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship.  Off-the-job training is any learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.  Examples of this would be toolbox talks, external courses etc.

End Point Assessment

Each apprentice will need to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship.  It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed.  

An apprentice can only take this assessment once all other aspects of the apprenticeship have been completed.  An apprentice needs to be completely ready to take this assessment and the employer and assessor will decide when the time is right.  A declaration will be signed by both the employer, apprentice and assessor.  If the apprentice fails the assessment, then there will be a re-sit charge, which is generally paid by the employer.

The EPA Consists of 3 distinct assessment methods:

1)     Knowledge Test - multiple choice test, consisting of 50 questions. Test is 90 mins                                           

2)     Skills Test - Practical observation, assessed over 3 consecutive days. This will include questioning to assess related underpinning knowledge                                                                  

3)     Professional Discussion (underpinned by portfolio). Will last for 60 mins and consist of 15 questions.


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