Signmaking Apprenticeship Level 2

If you want a career where you can get creative and use a variety of practical skills to produce a wide range of signage, signmaking could suit you.

If you want a career where you can get creative and use a variety of practical skills to produce a wide range of signage, signmaking could suit you.

A career in this sector will offer you wide ranging challenges and the opportunity to pursue a structured career path in a growth industry.

Hull Training and Adult Education offer an Apprenticeship in Signmaking, an award-winning programme and one of only a few available in the country.

We may have become so used to signs and advertisements that perhaps we don’t take much notice of them; yet a walk down any high street means being bombarded with the work of signmaking firms. Shop fronts, the sides of lorries and vans, road signs, street names, direction signs on buildings – they all represent the work of signmakers. Signs are also needed inside buildings – think of hospitals, colleges and airports, for example – as well as for exhibitions, trade shows and so on.

We work with a large number of the many signmaking companies in the Hull area who provide employment as part of our apprenticeships. The majority of our apprentices gain full employment after completing their apprenticeship.

This Apprenticeship has been designed to meet the requirements of the signmaking industry. The course deals with the design, production and installation of all sorts of signs, from those displayed on company entrances to the advertising hoardings you see around football pitches.

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.

Apprentices will 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 and could involve a variety of both traditional and modern methods including:

• Screen printing
• Engraving
• Etching
• Joining
• Hand Decorating
• Spray painting
• Installing and maintenance

The programme will include mandatory requirements of the Apprenticeship framework; an NVQ, Technical Certificate and Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.

There are no minimum entry requirements, but you’ll have to be aged 16+ to apply.

You will be required to complete an entry assessment and interview.

We work with a large number of partner organisations who can provide employment as part of our apprenticeships. During the interview you will be able to find out more on how we can help and support you in finding employment.

On completion of the Apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship programme or employment. This could then lead to further qualifications such as NVQ Level 4, HNC or a degree.

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13 Months

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Signmaking Apprenticeship Level 2

Career Options

You could improve your employability and work across a wide range of areas.

Job Roles

Signmaker Fabricator/ Fitter Quality Control Technician Sign Installation Maintenance Engineer Sign Designer