The Signmaking Framework provides work based training for young people and adults to undertake key technical and operational roles in the Signmaking Industries.
The signmaking process involves many diverse skills, from graphic design through to electrical engineering and incorporates materials such as Perspex, vinyl, plastic, metal and glass. Various methods are used to produce lettering for signs, depending on the project – for example, computer-controlled routers for cutting out moulded glass fibre lettering. Screen-printing may also be used to produce posters, while traditional sign writing could involve designing by hand and painting with special brushes and enamel paint.
Learners need to learn a range of skills including how to design signs; prepare different types of surfaces; cut out and build plastics into letters and logos; use digital technologies and install signs. The nature of the work will vary with the employer, but it could involve machining, joining, engraving, etching, hand decorating, spray-painting and screen-printing.
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Minimum of 3 years industrial experience in the sign industry, entry onto the programme is by interview no formal qualifications required.
For those successfully completing a level 2, there may be opportunities to progress onto the level 3.