Modern Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating

This course develops the skills required for the Building & Construction Industry today.


Level SCQF Level 6 

Delivery Face-to-Face | Work based

START August/September

Duration 2, 3 or 4 Years dependent on experience (32 weeks in college)



How it works...

A Modern Apprenticeship is a work-based qualification for people employed in the industry. The programme is a combination of work-based and college training and provides the dual benefit of students gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid as they work.


Employer benefits...

  • Instil your company’s values whilst training
  • Motivate existing staff by investing in the workforce and providing supervisory opportunities
  • Develop up to date and relevant skills and qualifications
  • Cost effective training supported by funding from Skills Development Scotland (up to 100% funding depending on age and eligibility criteria)
  • Create and retain a modern skilled workforce

Apprentice benefits...

  • Debt-free learning
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • A route to great pay
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Significant experience to enhance your CV
  • Possible support with travel costs if coming to college

Course content...

Inverness College UHI as a training provider offers Modern Apprenticeships in Painting and Decorating for students already in relevant employment.

The modern apprenticeship is a three to four year programme delivered in partnership with the student, employer and training provider and comprises of the following components; SVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery, PDA in Carpentry and Joinery and Core Skills.

The PDA components of the qualification are delivered in college on block release. The SVQ 3 is delivered in the workplace supported by visits from College assessors.

 Content includes units such as..

  • Foundation paper hanging
  • Basic decorative effects
  • Airless spraying
  • Patterned paperhanging
  • Colour schemes

What you need... 

This programme is for those already in the construction industry in the relevant trade discipline.

Where you can go... 

  • Further study at SCQF level 7, eg PDA in Painting and Decorating, HNC Built Environment 
  • Employment within the construction industry