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Painting and Decorating L2 Apprenticeship

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Painters and Decorators operate in domestic and commercial properties and undertake the decoration and protection of buildings. Properties include houses, schools, offices, hospitals factories and construction sites. Working internally or externally they work individually and/or as part of a team applying water-borne and/or solvent-borne paint coatings and wallcoverings. They have good knowledge of paint coatings and wallcoverings and understand and comply with statutory, safety and environmental requirements. They are responsible for their own work achieving a high quality finish at the appropriate pace. They are good problem solvers and communicators and are able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades.

Maths and English
Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours
A Standard contains a list of the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need to have learned by the end of their apprenticeship. 

A painter and decorator will know and understand:
Work methods

  • The purpose of a range of equipment, tools and materials.
  • The characteristics of materials and their reaction to atmospheric conditions.
  • Safe and efficient methods of use, maintenance, movement, protection and storage of materials and equipment.
  • Work hazards, safe working methods and appropriate safety requirements. 
  • How to work at height including the safe use of platforms, steps, ladders and scaffold.
    Identify and respond to customer needs
  • The most appropriate products and use of colour in different settings.
  • The company’s services.
  • Methods of formal and informal communication.
  • The uses of information technology in the workplace
  • Principles of costing, pricing and budgeting
  • Time, scheduling and costs associated with a project.

Construction industry and building methods

  • Key factors and systems of working in different sectors.
  • Key differences between modern and traditional construction methods.

Product and specification information

  • Differences between each product type.
  • Drying, curing and recoating times.
  • The effect of colour in relation to good design and colour and contrast for people with impaired vision.
  • The causes of common problems, how these can be prevented and how to correct them.
  • Data sheets, control of Substances Hazardous to Health sheets, method statements and risk assessments.

Preparation and application and removal

  • Difference in systems for new and pre-decorated surfaces.
  • Types of preparation methods including removal of precious coatings and wallcoverings.
  • Traditional and modern methods of making good surfaces.
  • Different systems for metals, wood, plastic and factory finishes.
  • Techniques of application by brush, roller, and spray application.
  • Specialist decorative techniques.
  • The skills of removal and application of wallcoverings.

A painter and decorator will be able to:

  • Prepare the work area safely providing dust sheets and protection to furniture and adjacent surfaces.
  • Identify hazards and risks in the workplace ensuring a safe environment is maintained at all times.
  • Select, use, maintain and store, paint, tools, wallcoverings, spray equipment, steps, ladders and towers safely.
  • Follow and maintain work procedures and method statements.
  • Make the most efficient and effective use of resources, time and materials.
  • React correctly using the correct method of actions and reporting in the event of an accident or incident.

Identify and respond to customer need

  • Prepare for meetings and discussions by having appropriate paint specification and colour information.
  • Use appropriate listening, and questioning, techniques.
  • Use appropriate terminology when attending meetings.
  • Work to allocated times and schedules for the project.

Construction industry and building methods

  • Identify different industry sectors. 
  • Identify different building methods

Product and specification information

  • Interpret specification documents and ensure correct preparation and systems are followed.
  • Refer to manufacturers’ product information and data sheets to avoid errors.
  • Advise clients about basic colour choices.
  • Recommend appropriate products for differing scenarios and sectors.
  • Identify and rectify common surface coating and wall covering problems.
  • Interpret and use health and safety documents

Preparation and application and removal

  • Identify substrates, hard wood, soft wood, ferrous and non- ferrous metal, factory finished etc.
  • Prepare and strip surfaces using abrasives, chemical etchants, power sanders, heat and liquid methods.
  • Understand and apply powder, two-pack, surfacers and resin fillers.
  • Use different application methods brush, roller, spray, power-assisted rollers and special effect tools.
  • Wallpaper using techniques for the hanging of lining paper, standard papers, digital print and wide width.

Painters and Decorators will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Their responsibilities towards their own and others safety in the workplace.
  • A strong work ethic, motivated, reliable and adaptable.
  • Attention to detail, quality and continuous improvement.
  • An awareness of the businesses mission, aims, markets, products and services.
  • A customer focused attitude.
  • Effective communication in a team, with clients or with management.

Assessment Overview
On Programme Assessment
Training is delivered throughout the apprenticeship to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviours. During this time the apprentice must compile a portfolio which will be used to underpin the Professional Discussion assessment.

End Point Assessment
The EPA should only start once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard, that the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met and that they can be evidenced to an EPA organisation.

The EPA consists of 3 distinct assessment methods:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Skills Test
  • Professional Discussion

Method 1: Knowledge test
The knowledge test will assess apprentices against the required knowledge and skills.
Apprentices will have 90 minutes to complete the knowledge test which consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, of which 10 will be scenario based.

Method 2: Skills test – observation
Assessed over three consecutive days by an Independent Assessor, this assessment will holistically assess skills, knowledge and behaviours acquired throughout the apprenticeship.
The test must consist of apprentices being presented with a scenario or task and asked to complete it within the allocated time. Skills and knowledge tested

Dates and Enrolment for this course

Course information last updated: Tuesday 20th April 2021 @ 8.30am (21 hours ago)

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