Course Information

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who wish to work as a painter and decorator and have secured a placement with an employer.

The Bridgwater College Construction Centre is a dedicated facility for construction craft training in bricklaying, plumbing, electrical installation, dry-lining, painting and decorating and wood occupations. The College is well equipped with a huge range of construction materials and components for student use. The classrooms have well-appointed computer facilities which enhance the workshops, providing a link between practical and knowledge aspects of the course.

What does the course involve?

The Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship covers some of the core principles of the construction industry as well as the trade specific areas of study.

Health and safety is a crucial part of the construction industry and apprentices learn the importance of health and safety on a construction site. Learners will also learn how to estimate materials by using a range of information and will develop their knowledge of construction industry technology.

Apprentices will study units which focus on access equipment and working platforms before moving into the trade area itself which concentrates on:

  • Preparing surfaces for decoration
  • Applying paint systems by brush and roller
  • Applying paper to walls and ceilings
  • Applying paint via HVLP spraying equipment
  • How to produce specialist decorative finishes

What makes this course special?

The facilities for construction training are excellent and stocked with materials, tools and equipment of a high standard.

Working in partnership with the Construction Skills (CSkills), the construction section has a strong track record of producing a highly-skilled workforce for the construction industry.

All staff are well qualified and experienced in construction training and are actively involved in trade competitions.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs in the A* – E or 9 - 3 range or an equivalent qualification.

What are the assessment methods?

Apprentices will be assessed via a range of multiple choice online tests, practical projects, assignments and site based assessments.

How long is the course?

Two years.

What are the College attendance requirements?

One day a week during term time at College as a day release, with the remainder of the week being based on site with an employer.

What are the progression options?

  • Full-time employment
  • Construction Apprenticeship - Upon completion of the NVQ Level 3 qualification, apprentices will become a fully qualified craftsperson and be able to work in all areas of the construction Industry

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