Painter And DecoratorJob Description:
Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to the inside and outside of buildings.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this job, you will:
- work out how much paint or wall covering is needed for a job
- lay down dust sheets and prepare materials
- strip off old wallpaper or layers of paint
- fill holes and cracks and make sure surfaces are level
- cover surfaces with primer and undercoat
- mix paint to the right shade, often using computerised colour-matching equipment
- apply coats of paint or hang wallpaper
- add special finishes like stains, varnishes or marbling
- tidy up after finishing, and clean your tools
- knowledge of public safety and security
- business management skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure (leadership skills)
- customer service skills
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could take a college course. In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Diploma in Painting and Decorating
- Level in On Site Construction
This will teach you some of the skills you’ll need and help you to find a job as a trainee with a decorating company.
You could do a painter and decorator intermediate apprenticeship.
This will usually take 2 to 3 years to complete.
You could work as a painter and decorator’s labourer or ‘mate’. Your employer may give you the chance to take further training on the job to become a qualified painter and decorator.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 42-44 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends occasionally.
You could work at a client’s business or at a client’s home. Your working environment may be at height. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could become a team supervisor or move into related areas like estimating, contract management, interior or set design.
You could work in heritage conservation, or set up your own business.
You could also move into apprentice training or teaching in a further education college.