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Painters and Decorators

Those working in this unit group apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other protective and decorative materials to interior and exterior walls and surfaces, paint designs on wood, glass, metal, plastics and other materials, and stain, wax and french polish wood surfaces by hand.


Median Salary

New workers start around £16,654. Normal pay is £23,103 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £31,134.

Daily Tasks

  • Stains, waxes and french polishes wood surfaces by hand.
  • Mixes adhesive or removes self-adhesive backing and positions covering material on wall, matching up patterns where appropriate and removing wrinkles and air bubbles by hand or brush.
  • Applies primer, undercoat and finishing coat(s) using brush, roller, or spray equipment.
  • Prepares surfaces by cleaning, sanding and filling cracks and holes with appropriate filler.
  • Erects working platform or scaffolding up to five metres in height.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Science

Related Courses

Painter and Decorator Apprenticeship

Do you want to brush up your skills and paint a creative and exciting future? If you want to earn while you learn, gain a trade and get into industry, this Painter and Decorator apprenticeship is for you.

Length: 24 months to Gateway
Study: Full-Time
Start Date: Various
Location: Employer Based

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