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In Summary

Painter and Decorators apply paint coatings, wall coverings and other materials internally and externally for decorative and preservation purposes. This can be to walls/surfaces in private dwellings and in commercial/industrial locations or other structures.

Fergal Feehely, Qualified Painter & Decorator, Fergal Feehely Ltd.

The work of a painter/decorator includes: the application of wall hangings and decorative paint coatings in the home and in commerical and industrial locations, the designing and producing of sign work and displays, and advice on colour selection and interior design. Painters and Decorators are usually employed by building or painting contractors or may be self-employed.

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Entry Requirements

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

The minimum educational requirements are:

Grade D or "Achieved" in five subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Junior Certificate Examination or an approved equivalent,

or

The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course,

or

Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable.

You must obtain a job as an apprentice in your chosen occupation. Your employer must be approved to train apprentices and must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment.

In this apprenticeship, applicants are required to pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS.

Note: These are the current approved minimum educational requirements for apprenticeship programmes, however, previous experience of the following subjects would be an advantage but not essential:

  • Art
  • Technical Drawing/Graphics
  • Construction Studies
  • Technology

Training

Phase 1: With Employer

  • Induction Training Introduction to Health & Safety Introduction to Tools & Equipment Introduction to Basic Skills

Phase 2: Delivered in Training Centre (20 week)

Course Content:
  • Induction
  • Recoating Surfaces & Signwork
  • Surface Preparation
  • Imitative & Decorative Arts
  • Wallcoverings

Phase 3: With Employer

  • Work Based Training and Assessments

Phase 4: Delivered in Educational Colleges (10 weeks)

Course Content:

  • Signwork
  • Wallcoverings
  • Imitative & Decorative Arts
  • Paint Spraying & Equipment

Phase 5: With Employer

  • Work Based Training and Assessments

Phase 6: Delivered in Educational Colleges (10 weeks)

Course Content:

  • Airless Spraying
  • Signwork
  • Imitative & Decorative Arts
  • Wallcoverings

Phase 7: With Employer

  • Work Based Training and Assessments

The overall duration of this apprenticeship is a minimum of 4 years provided all phases are successfully completed.

On successful completion of the programme the learner is awarded a Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Painting & Decorating.

The training is provided by the following institutions:

This list is up to date as of June 2019.

Apprenticeship training takes place in various locations around the country. The list above is by no means exhaustive and training providers are subject to change. Please check with your local Education and Training Board (ETB) to get more information about specific training locations for this apprenticeship. To check your local ETB use this link and select your county.

Skills & Qualities

As a Painter and Decorator you will need to be physically fit and to be able to work at heights.

An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail and an eye for shape and design.

The Painter and Decorator must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness

Occupational Hazard: If you suffer from an allergy or skin complaint, the chemicals that you use may affect you.

Work Activities

Painter and Decorators require many skills including:

  • Working with a variety of specialised hand and power tools
  • Being aware of how colours, textures and shapes are used in design
  • Knowledge of renovation, preservation and restoration
  • Performing a range of painting techniques
  • Application of wall hangings to a wide variety of situations
  • Designing and producing sign work and displays
  • Advising on colour selection and interior design

Aspects of Work:

  • Learning and developing new practical craft-related skills, knowledge and competence
  • Working with and learning from experienced craftspersons
  • Seeing a job through from start to finish
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements
  • Working indoors and outdoors
  • Accuracy and attention to detail measuring and calculating quantities and areas
  • Being well organised and careful with practical tasks
  • Working at heights
  • Lifting or carrying heavy items
  • Taking responsibility for own learning, including the allocation of study time
  • Working at a variety of locations - can be residential homes, industrial units or commercial situations
  • Being physically active
  • Passing all your phase exams (theory, practicals skills demonstration)
  • Earning as you learn

Career Progression

On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, apprentices are qualified to work within the recognised trade or profession. 

For those with a desire to advance, career progrssion options include:

  • Interior Design 
  • Sign Maker 
  • Starting your own business 

Where apprentices and craftspeople have the necessary ability, initiative and basic qualifications, opportunities are available for advancement. These include advanced technology courses and management courses which are available in institutes of technology, schools of management and professional institutes.

Many craftspeople use their apprenticeship qualification as a platform to launch careers such as engineers, managers, owners of businesses, teachers and instructors amongst others.

Getting an Apprenticeship

In order to secure an apprenticeship, you must first secure a contract with an employer. You must apply directly to an employer rather than the training provider. Once you have found an employer to take you on as an apprentice, your employer must then register you as an apprentice with SOLAS.

  • The employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  • The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.

Note: Painting & Decorating Apprenticeship applicants are required to pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS.


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Finding Vacancies

Finding an employer or registering your interest with an official Coordinating Provider is one of the first things you need to do to start an apprenticeship.

Opportunities for this apprenticeship may be available from the following organisations:

Online Jobsites

Here are some direct links to employment websites that frequently list apprenticeship vacancies.
Note: These websites may include vacancies that are not QQI accredited Apprenticeships.

Current Apprentice Painter Jobs (Where Available)

Apprenticeship Courses

Search for Apprenticeship Painter / Decorator courses.

Pay & Fees

The employer pays the apprentice while s/he is being trained on-the-job. A training allowance is paid by the local ETB while the apprentice is attending the off-the-job training, and an Apprentice Rate of pay during the on-the-job phases of their apprenticeship. Generally, the rates of pay are based on a percentage of the fully qualified rate for the occupation:

  • 1st Years – 33.3%
  • 2nd Years – 50%
  • 3rd Years – 75%
  • 4th Years – 90%

Training Allowances

A training allowance is paid by the local ETB to apprentices while attending off-the-job training. In some cases, a contribution towards travel or accommodation costs may be paid if deemed eligible. The sector the apprentice's employer is engaged in will determine the allowance payable. These allowances are calculated on the gross wages paid by industry in each sector. The amount the apprentice gets will generally be less than that, as it is based on the net take-home pay of the relevant sector. The weekly gross wage norms for different industries can be found here 

Student Contribution

The Annual Student Contribution is charged to students attending Higher Education Institutions including Institutes of Technology (IoT). Apprentices now pay the same contribution as full time students, but their contribution is based on the time they spend in the Institute or College.

The Student Contribution is payable to the IoT /College on the date of registration for the training phase. You should consult the relevant IoT/College for details of payment options.

Note: Apprentices are required to pay an examination fee to the IoT or College for repeat exams. For further information, click here.

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