Production of coatings apprenticeship

You can’t always see them but coatings are everywhere: on our jackets, walls, cars and computers to name a few. There are many different coatings used for a variety of purposes such as printing, waterproofing and rust-prevention.

Since better coatings make better products, scientific research and testing is a big part of this field. Coatings employers are always developing new products, embracing the latest technologies and work practices and exploring and entering new markets.

Generally, coatings are broken down into five categories: decorative, industrial, powder coating, printing inks and speciality coatings. Depending on which pathway you choose, there are a range of operational and technical jobs available to you as an apprentice within the coatings industry.

Job roles are varied and encompass both basic and complex manufacturing processes. Many processes are controlled and monitored by sophisticated technology systems. For laboratory and quality-based roles you will need a logical and analytical approach and good attention to detail. Good science and mathematical skills are invaluable for laboratory-based roles. For most manufacturing roles, you will work in a factory-based environment.

Good physical fitness is important as some roles will involve working with your hands, handling and operating equipment and spending long periods standing.

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Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):


Job roles:

Production operative, Process technician, Senior production operative, Quality controller, Colour matcher, Product development, Coatings laboratory technician, Senior chemist

Issuing Authority:

Proskills UK Ltd –

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