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Painter and Decorator


Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Required Skills

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

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £30,000

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