Gecko Interiors- Apprentice Painter and Decorator

Salary: £120 per week
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 29-Jul-2018

Employer Name: Gecko Interiors  

Employer Address & Postcode: 71 Larkhill Lane, Liverpool, L13 9BN

Vacancy Title:  Apprentice Painter and Decorator

Working Week: Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm  

Weekly Wage: £120 Per Week


Employer Description: 

Gecko Interiors is a professional, friendly, female painting and decorating service based in Liverpool and covering the North West. Our business has been built around the core values of honesty, integrity, professionalism and reliability.

We believe in working with our customers to ensure that their expectations are not just met, but exceeded. We will visit your home to discuss your ideas and requirements and from that initial consultation we will provide you with a full quote detailing all of the work that will be carried out, so that you can be confident there will be no hidden extras. We are happy to offer advice and suggestions to ensure that you maximise the potential of your home.

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Job Description:

If you've got good concentration levels and want a practical job, this job as a painter and decorator with Gecko Interiors could suit you well.

To be good at this job you should also be able to pay close attention to detail, have good hand-to-eye coordination, common sense and initiative.

We are looking for someone who ideally has a previous qualification in Painting and Decorating and/or some experience but not essential.

As a painter and decorator with our team, you will work on a variety of mainly domestic projects to decorate people’s homes. There will also be some industrial projects ranging from shops to offices.

On domestic and shop fitting jobs, you will use paint, varnishes and wallpaper to decorate rooms, offices and restaurants. You will follow instructions about choice of colour, finishing texture and wallpaper patterns. Your main tasks would include:

  • Measuring surface areas to work out how much paint or wall covering you need
  • Stripping off old wallpaper or paint
  • Filling holes and cracks and making sure surfaces are level
  • Preparing surfaces with primer and undercoat
  • Mixing paint to the right shade, either by hand or using computerised colour-matching equipment
  • Applying layers of paint and hanging wallpaper
  • Tidying up after finishing a job.

On some jobs you might apply specialist finishes such as rag rolling, graining and marbling. You will often work from ladders or raised platforms to reach ceilings.

For industrial projects, you will remove old paintwork with abrasive blasting methods before applying new coatings using industrial paint spraying equipment.

Paints and solvents give off fumes, so you may have to wear a protective mask or use fume extraction equipment on some jobs, if in enclosed spaces.


Qualifications Required: 

No formal qualifications required, however practical skills are essential.  A good level of Maths and English is desirable.


Personal Qualities: 

The successful candidate must have/be:

  •          Good common sense and reliability
  •          Friendly with good people skills
  •          Ambitious
  •          Willing to learn and take direction
  •          Able to work independently
  •          Confident in own ability
  •          Able to work in a team


Skills Required: 

To be a painter and decorator, you should have:

  •          good practical and creative skills
  •          the ability to work carefully and pay attention to detail
  •          the ability to work alone and as part of a team
  •          a good head for heights and sense of balance
  •          an awareness of health and safety issues.


Qualifications required: 

No formal qualifications required, however practical skills are essential.  A good level of Maths and English is desirable.


Training to be Provided: 

NVQ Diploma in Painting and Decorating Level 2 – one day per week at The City of Liverpool’s Vauxhall Road site. This will include tuition in English and Maths if required.


Working Week:

Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm,  A minimum of 30 hours per week, inclusive of College day


Vacancy Location:

71 Larkhill Lane, L13 9BN – mainly onsite work.

The owner can pick you up from the Jolly Miller on Queens Drive to get to jobs.


Expected Duration: 

2 years


Future Prospects:

A full time role will be available to the successful candidate on completion of their apprenticeship.


Important Information:

The role is mainly standing all day


Reality Check:

This role requires confidence in front of customers


Other Important Information:

Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded by the Government for non-levy paying employers. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.


If you wish to apply for this vacancy, please send a copy of your latest CV to Nikki Smith at The City of Liverpool College using the following email address; and please answer the following employer questions:

Question one: Why do you want to be a painter and decorator?

Question two: Please provide an example of when you have provided excellent customer service.



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