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Painter and Decorator

Painter and Decorator

“If you like practical work and enjoy being artistic, this could be a perfect career for you.”

Painter and Decorator

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.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • specialist technical skills
  • the ability to work carefully and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • an awareness of health and safety issues
  • improved maths and English skills

Your future

  • Over 70% of skilled construction and building trades will require qualifications at level 2 or above by 2020
  • 36,000 people will be employed in construction across the South West by 2020, a 26% increase on 2010 totals
  • 237,000 new jobs will be created nationally in the construction sector by 2020 - an 11% increase on 2010 jobs. 2,329,000 in total
  • 99% of Construction students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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