A Painter and Decorator prepares and decorates a surface using a range of finishes (such as paint or wallpaper) in accordance with clients' wishes. This could be in a self-employed position working on houses, schools, shops and other buildings or working for a larger construction firm which would include more industrial scale jobs.
No formal qualifications are required for this job role but an apprenticeship would be a good way of starting. You could also begin as a painter and decorator's labourer or 'mate' and learn skills on the job.
Taking a college course in basic painting and decorating may aid you when looking for a trainee position.
You need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on most building sites.
You will need to:
- be punctual
- be reliable
- have the ability to work to deadlines
- have a good eye for detail
- have a good awareness of health and safety procedures
£15,000 to £30,000