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This programme will help you develop the skills required to enter a specific trade within the construction industry. You will gain the painting and decorating skills needed for construction, giving you the opportunity to progress to higher levels.
As well as improving your practical abilities, you will develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, enhance your life skills and help with your future career progression.
Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications and practical aptitude, and you need at least grade E GCSE in Maths and English. Following a successful interview and initial assessment results, students will be allocated a place to study the practical and theoretical elements of painting and decorating. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.
Practical and theoretical tests will be delivered throughout the programme. Units will include safe working practices, communication skills, wallpapering and painting techniques, and calculating quantities and areas.
Assessment is through observation of practical work. You may be required to undertake real trade projects on which you will also be assessed. Your maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
You will need to supply your own safety footwear. A small charge may be made for other Personal Protective Equipment required to complete the course.
You can progress to a Level 3 Diploma in Painting and Decorating as a full-time learner. There is also the potential to enter an apprenticeship or employment in the construction industry. If you pursue further studies, you will continue to develop your literacy and numeracy skills.
Young plasterer Brad Peters loves his apprenticeship with Horbury Building Systems and is looking forward to getting a trade under his belt.
Brad, who is 16 and studying for his level 2 plastering qualification via Derby College, has described both his job and his college course as “brilliant.”
Now just over six months into his apprenticeship, he is gaining valuable on the job experience alongside Horbury plasterer Paul Coward on a range of commercial contracts.
Brad, who is from South Wingfield, wasn’t sure what to do when he first left school but the idea of learning a trade strongly appealed to him. After hearing about Rotherham-based Horbury through a friend of his sister, he contacted the national construction group directly and grasped the opportunity to train as a plasterer.
Under Paul’s expert supervision, Brad is currently working on the plastering elements of a new student accommodation block in Coventry and has previously assisted Paul on commercial contracts in Sheffield, Huddersfield, Rochdale and Hull.
Brad’s apprenticeship also marks the beginning of a great relationship between Derby College and Horbury, with the company looking to take on more apprentices via the college over the next 12 months
Like with anything there are some jobs I like more than others. Of course scraping and preparation has to be done first, which no one likes much, but I really enjoy the plastering part. It's quite a skill and involves a lot of attention to detail. I'm also enjoying going to Derby College on day release. The facilities there are great and all the teaching staff are very helpful.