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Painter and Decorator

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A painter and decorator applies finishes to the outside or inside surfaces of industrial, commercial or domestic buildings, using either paint, varnish, wallpaper or other coverings. Surfaces might be wood, plaster or metal. Jobs could include walls, ceilings, fences, boats, bridges or oil rigs and platforms.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

There is a minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. As of June 2018 the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) rates for a 4-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £177.45
Year 2 – £230.10
Year 3 – £305.37
Year 4 – £370.50.

Please note these rates may vary if the Apprentice is 21 years old or over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship. National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will apply.

A qualified painter and decorator earns around £10.00 to £17.50 an hour. From this you may have to buy your own ladders, brushes and other equipment. You can earn extra through overtime and bonuses. You may get travel and lodgings allowances. If you are self-employed you will negotiate your own rates.

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Getting In

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Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
8649
4.7 %
RISE
2023
9056
  United Kingdom
2018
53967
2.4 %
RISE
2023
55251

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
E-mail: scotland.apprenticeships@citb.co.uk
Website: http://www.citb.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive
Twitter: @CITB_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citb.uk/

CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website (bconstructive.co.uk) provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC)
Tel: 0131 556 8866
E-mail: registrar@sbatc.co.uk
Website: http://www.sbatc.co.uk

Scottish Decorators' Federation
Tel: 01786 448838
E-mail: info@scottishdecorators.co.uk
Website: http://www.scottishdecorators.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottishdecoratorsfederation

The Scottish Decorators' Federation is the national trade association for all types of firms involved in the decorating industry in Scotland.

Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC)
Tel: 01786 448838
E-mail: info@spadac.co.uk
Website: http://www.spadac.co.uk

SPADAC is an organisation owned and serviced by the Scottish Decorators' Federation, set up to register the apprentice painters and decorators in Scotland.

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