Painting and Decorating

Why should I study painting and decorating?

There are many opportunities for skilled painters and decorators across Lanarkshire and Scotland both for private and commercial buildings and spaces.Experienced painters and decorators can earn up to £32,000 with nearly two-thirds of people in the industry working as self employed or owning their own business. 

Working in the industry you would decorate and protect surfaces such as plaster, metal and wood to create pleasant spaces for people to live and work in.

You could work on everything from redecorating living rooms to painting large structures like bridges.

When working in a home, you would use paint, varnishes and wallpaper to decorate rooms. You would follow instructions about colours, textures and wallpaper patterns.

Our painting and decorating courses introduce you to painting and decorating skills such as decorative painting and the safe use of hand-tools and equipment. You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of the construction industry and practical, technical and transferable skills.

What jobs can I get in this area?

You can get work in a range of roles in the painting and decorating sector from an apprentice to business owner.

How are the courses taught?

The majority of your course will be taught using practical skills, with some theory to support your practice. You’ll be taught in our purpose-built workshops by experienced staff from the industry.

What courses does the college offer?

We offer painting and decorating courses at different levels. All our courses prepare you for employment in industry or for further training or qualifications.


Emma Ballantyne - Modern Apprenticeship Painting and Decorating

"It doesn’t matter if you’re a school leaver or a mature student, anyone can apply for an apprenticeship. It’s a fantastic way to develop your skills and work towards a recognised qualification”

Emma Ballantyne - Painting and Decorating

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