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Painter job overview

Painters are responsible for a number of duties these include:

  • Evaluating the size of the area to be painted and providing an estimate on cost and time (including labour and materials)
  • Erecting or installing scaffold towers, work platforms and stepladders and other support structures
  • Preparing work areas and protecting surfaces not requiring painting with covers or sheets
  • Preparing areas to be painted – e.g. removing old paint, levelling surfaces, filling in cracks and holes etc.
  • Painting interior and exterior walls using brushes, rollers and other tools
  • Executing artistic decorations, effects and patterns etc.
  • Applying coatings, coverings and claddings on external walls
  • Applying varnishes
  • Inspecting painted surfaces and rectifying any flaws or defects
  • Removing tools and supports and cleaning work areas

Skills required

  • Knowledge of properties of paints and other coating products for internal and external use
  • Manual skills for using painting tools
  • Excellent knowledge of paint application techniques
  • Sense of form and colour
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Ability to work at heights
  • Willingness to travel

FAQs

What qualifications do you need to be a painters?

You don’t need any experience to become a Painter, though basic numeracy and literacy skills are important as is an ability to read and understand instructions. However, there are many different qualifications you can gain to prepare yourself better such as City & Guilds, BTECs, and NVQs.

How long does it take to train as a painter?

You can become a painter straight out of college.

How much do painters earn?

As a painter, you can expect to earn around £17,000 and £25,000 a year depending on location and organisation. Pay doesn’t change much as your experience increases.

Are painters in demand?

Yes currently there is a shortage of painters and decorators in the United Kingdom compared to other construction jobs. Therefore this could be a great opportunity to join the trade.

Can you become a painter without an apprenticeship?

Yes, you can still apply to become a painter without doing an apprenticeship, yet an apprenticeship might still be perfect for you as you will learn more skills on the job as well as knowledge for other roles.

What are the Working Hours of a painter?

Most painters work from 9-6, however many jobs may require you to work on the weekend or at different times of the day.

What are day-to-day tasks of a painter?

  • Evaluating the size of the area to be painted and providing an estimate on cost and time (including labour and materials)
  • Erecting or installing scaffold towers, work platforms and stepladders and other support structures
  • Preparing work areas and protecting surfaces not requiring painting with covers or sheets
  • Preparing areas to be painted – e.g. removing old paint, levelling surfaces, filling in cracks and holes etc.
  • Painting interior and exterior walls using brushes, rollers and other tools
  • Executing artistic decorations, effects and patterns etc.
  • Applying coatings, coverings and claddings on external walls
  • Applying varnishes
  • Inspecting painted surfaces and rectifying any flaws or defects
  • Removing tools and supports and cleaning work areas

Why is there a high demand for painters in the UK?

Demand in the construction industry will always be high in the UK with construction becoming the largest growing sector new jobs will always be available.(link to construction growth)

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