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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships have been introduced to meet the needs of both young people and business. They offer quality of work based training, as an alternative to full-time study, leading to nationally recognised qualifications for well motivated young people. You should be aged between 16 and 18 years old and be employed, though we do have a small number of spaces for those aged between 19 and 24.

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to gain skills and nationally recognised qualifications sought by employers throughout industry.

Specific Information

Apprenticeships in Painting and Decorating are designed to help you develop your skills in roles you will need to be working on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, preparing background surfaces for painting and applying paint by brush and roller.

Entry Requirements

You must have a Contract of Employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week and successfully complete a probationary period at work. In addition you must complete initial assessments in English and Maths. The initial assessments and interviews will be carried out at the college.


18-24 months

Start Point 

Various intakes starting February 2015



Apprenticeships include the following elements: 

  • A competencies qualification which must be achieved by the apprentice to qualify for an Apprenticeship certificate. A technical knowledge qualification which is the qualification required to demonstrate achievement of the technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and knowledge and understanding of the industry and its market relevant to the skill, trade or occupation to which the framework relates.
  • A module on employee rights and responsibilities.
  • A module on personal learning and thinking skills.
  • From 1 October 2012 an apprentice will have to complete Functional Skills (e.g. Maths and English) qualifications or a GCSE with enhanced content (e.g. Maths and English). Those who have already achieved the appropriate GCSEs at grade C and above will be given an exemption.

Once the above elements are completed you will receive an Apprenticeship Framework Certificate.


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