Studied: Level 2 Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship
Progression : Painter at DC Decorating
Libby Howard is marking the end of her Level 2 Apprenticeship in a unique way. When she’s driving around the Black Country area, she’ll be pointing out the many different venues, factories and houses that she has helped decorate and refurbish.
“When I first started at DC Decorating, this is exactly what one of my supervisors used to do. Now it’ll be my turn,” said Libby.
“Working as a painter/decorator is really enjoyable. You see the visual impact of your work straightaway.
“The difference is obvious, even if you’re just applying a fresh coat of paint. Especially if you’re changing from a lighter colour shade to dark, or vice-versa.”
Libby initially started out as a full-time painting and decorating student at Walsall College. When the job opportunity at DC Decorating came up, she spent time with the college’s Apprenticeship team preparing her application.
“I did some interview practice, which reminded me how important it is to prove to an employer how interested you are in the job, whether it’s by asking questions or keeping eye contact,” said Libby.
Although Libby did at first wonder if she was ready to be in a workplace, a trial day with the business gave her the confidence to go for it.
“My boss, Daniel is really supportive,” continued Libby. “I get on with the whole team. I prefer working with others as this makes me more focused. There’s an extra sense of achievement when you’ve worked on a major job together.
“I’m always taking before and after pictures on my phone, then showing people like my mum what I’ve done. Not everyone gets to do that as often as me.”
Libby is considering progressing on to a Level 3 qualification in future as she believes this will open up more career options.
“I’ve definitely matured thanks to my Apprenticeship,” added Libby. “I still like to have a laugh with others at work and in class, but now I know how to knuckle down and concentrate.
“The work I’m doing is much better too. It’s more slick.”