Signwriter

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What's it like?

You would hand-paint signs for historic buildings, fairgrounds, pubs, classic vehicles, boats and more. This is a traditional craft that involves learning specialised techniques that have been used for generations.

You would:

  • Lay out designs and lettering
  • Measure letter size
  • Prepare surfaces
  • Paint backgrounds by brush, spray or roller
  • Trace designs onto wood, metal or glass
  • Hand-paint designs using special brushes, enamel paint and gold leaf
  • Repaint and retouch signs on site

You would work with different materials such as wood, metal, glass, and specialised paints and varnishes.

Working conditions

Hours

You would usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may work evenings and weekends in some jobs.

Environment

You would be based in a workshop or studio, but may also do installation and repainting outdoors. Your work may involve some manual lifting and working at heights.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Helping customers
  • Working on your own
  • Accuracy
  • Working with your hands
  • Making things
  • Using computers
  • Being creative
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but most employers value a good general education including English and maths.

Some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF levels 4 to 6.

Design qualifications such as a National Certificate, a National Qualification course (SCQF level 5/6) or Higher National Certificate, or Higher National Diploma courses (SCQF level 7/8) in Visual Communication would be helpful.

You can enter some design National Certificate or National Qualification courses (SCQF level 5) with no formal qualifications but most

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Art and design
  • Practical technologies

You will also need

You will need a portfolio of your work when applying to courses and to jobs.

If you are installing signs on site you will need:

  • a driving licence
  • a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card

Helpful to have

 Once in a job you can gain relevant qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Signmaking (SVQ level 2/3).