Painters and decorators use a range of coverings to enhance and protect a variety of surfaces. These surfaces could include plaster, metal and wood. Jobs can vary between working in people's homes and working in business premises or outdoors.
To be a painter and decorator, you should have good practical and creative skills. You will need to be able to work carefully and pay attention to detail. Sometimes you'll need a good head for heights.
Employers often prefer people with some relevant experience and qualifications. You could start by looking for work as a painter and decorator's labourer or 'mate' after achieving your qualifications.