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Painting & Decorating Apprenticeship Level 2 : 2023 intake

Full-Time Study Programmes & Apprenticeships

  • Overview of the course

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    The Benefits of an Apprenticeship
    Apprenticeships offer great opportunities for people of all ages; an Apprenticeship is a job with training to industry standards, enabling you to enter a recognised occupation. All Apprenticeships are employer led, and as well as providing long term earnings, they also give you the ability to progress.
    • You’ll earn a wage as you’re learning and are entitled to paid holidays.
    • You can earn 10% more after studying on a Level 3 Apprenticeship than if you went straight in to work.
    • 90% of apprentices remain in employment, either with their current employer or another company.
    • 85% of employers participate in Apprenticeship programmes and consider them a good thing.
    • You can train to post graduate level without incurring any university fees.
    • By passing an independent End Point Assessment, you will join thousands of people acquiring a modern and recognised qualification.

    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. Working internally or externally 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.
  • What you'll learn

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    Prepare the work area safely providing dust sheets and protection to furniture and adjacent surfaces
    • Identify hazards and risks in the workplace ensuring a safe environment is maintained at all times
    • Select, use, maintain and store: paint, tools, wallcoverings, spray equipment, steps, ladders and towers safely
    • Follow and maintain work procedures and method statements
    • Prepare and strip surfaces using abrasives, chemical etchants, power sanders, heat and liquid methods
    • Understand and apply powder, two-pack, surfacers and resin fillers
    • Use different application methods: brush, roller, spray, power-assisted rollers and special effect tools
    • Wallpaper using techniques for the hanging of lining paper, standard papers, digital print and wide width including matching patterns, internal and external corners
    • Understanding work methods, customer needs, the building industry, products and services

    80% of your qualification will be gained in the workplace, although you may attend sessions in College that will cover the remaining essential areas of your training.

    During your Apprenticeship, you will have a dedicated Work Based Tutor who will train you to industry standards; support your time in employment; and coach you to pass your End Point Assessment.
  • Entry requirements

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    There are no formal entry requirements but apprentices need:
    • A strong work ethic and be motivated, reliable and adaptable
    • An attention to detail, quality and continuous improvement
    • A customer focused attitude
    • Effective communication skills
    Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need
    to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English
    and Maths prior to taking the end point assessment.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    The end-point assessment (EPA) will assess how an apprentice can apply their skills, knowledge and behaviours acquired in their Apprenticeship, through the following three assessments:
    • Knowledge test - (this test will consist of multiple choice questions)
    • Skills test
    • Professional discussion
  • Future opportunities

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    Alongside your studies, you’ll have a unique opportunity to be part of the University of Bolton’s EXCEED Programme.

    This will give you a range of additional skills and experiences, and includes masterclasses; university visits; access to industry experts; and mentoring and support with your university application, perfect for that next step into Higher Education.

    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. As a result of achieving the
    Apprenticeship, there will be an entitlement to join the Federation of Master Builders’ continuous professional development (CPD) scheme for individual tradespeople.
    With experience, you could become a Team Supervisor or move into related areas like estimating, contract management, interior or set design. You could also work in heritage conservation, or set up your own business.
    Following further study you could work as:
    • A Painter and Decorator, earning between £16,000 and £28,000 a year, depending on experience.
    • A French Polisher, earning between £13,000 and £30,000 a year.
    • A Handyperson, earning between £13,000 and £23,000 a year.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services including FREE travel, financial support, and impartial advice and guidance. Throughout your Apprenticeship, you’ll also receive one-to-one support from your dedicated Work Based Tutor, helping you to achieve your ambitions
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re an elite College, and part of the University of Bolton Group, offering you a gateway to all of Greater Manchester’s vast range of fantastic opportunities for specialist careers, university degree courses and higher Apprenticeships.
    We’ll reward your achievements with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre and the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    Our £75 million campus offers a refurbished fitness suite and sports hall; Apple Mac suites; libraries, a theatre and dance studios; hair and beauty salon; and a restaurant, café and canteen.

    You’ll also enjoy a wide range of events, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations
  • How to apply?

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    Click the yellow ‘Apply’ button on this page.

    You’ll be asked to set up a Learner Hub account so that you can track your application and enrol online. You’ll also be asked to book your interview for your course at the same time. If you have any difficulties setting up your Learner Hub account, please email
  • Open Events

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    Open Events are the best way to discover what life as a Bolton College student is like, giving you an insight into College life.

    Open Events at our Deane Road Campus are as follows:
    • Thursday 20th October 2022, 5pm-8pm
    • Tuesday 15th November 2022, 5pm-8pm
    • Wednesday 7th December 2022, 5pm-8pm
    • Wednesday 8th February 2023, 5pm-8pm

    If you’d like to attend one of these events, register by visiting here
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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