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Decorative Finishing Apprenticeship Level 2

This apprenticeship will allow to you develop real skills and knowledge in painting and decorating that you can then demonstrate and provide evidence of in a working environment. Our courses have an excellent reputation with employers and help you to develop construction skills that will put you at the forefront of the job market. In College, you will be taught by staff who, have not only had successful careers in industry themselves, but who also lead in shaping the UK’s construction and building services training sector.


When I decided I didn’t want to study at sixth form anymore, my journey at College began. I had just painted my own bedroom, so thought I would try studying a course in painting and decorating. I started studying at Bedford College on a full-time study programme and then, about a year in, a local company came into the College looking for an apprentice. My tutor asked me if I wanted to do it, and it’s been a really good decision.

I am now learning both on the job and at College, and I also received a £500 bursary from the Connolly Foundation to help with costs. I work for Coles Decor in Biggleswade on two week block release from College.

I enjoy painting the most, especially stencilling work. I haven’t had as much experience in papering, but it is improving. All of my tutors are so helpful and they allow you to work how you want to work. It’s a pretty relaxed environment and, although I’m one of the only girls in the department, everyone is really easy to get along with.

After the apprenticeship comes to an end I want to get into full-time employment to gain more experience before hopefully becoming a self-employed Painter & Decorator.

Eleana - Decorating Level 2 Apprenticeship

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:

Some evidence of studying at GCSE level would be an advantage.
Previous experience in painting and decorating or construction is desirable but not essential.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Knowledge of construction technology
  • Erect and dismantle access equipment and working platforms
  • Prepare surfaces for decoration
  • Apply paint systems by brush and roller
  • Apply standard papers to ceilings and walls
  • Produce specialist decorative finishes

Assessment methods

You will be assessed via a variety of practical methods, including work-based assessments and the completion of tasks and assignments in College.


You will gain the following qualifications:
Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting Occupations Cskills Level 2 Diploma

  • Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting Occupations Cskills Level 2 NVQ Diploma
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and maths

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion you could progress on to the Decorative Finishing Advanced apprenticeship.

Career progression: You could also move into full-time work as a painter and decorator.

Additional information

You will need steel toe capped boots, a high viz vest, a set of whites/bib and brace, and usual study stationary.

The College part of this apprenticeship will start in September, however you will be able to start the work based learning element at any time throughout the year.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years Flexible Block release – 22 one week blocks over 2 years Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street C601

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.