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This Apprenticeship 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 can involve many diverse skills – from graphic design through to electrical engineering – and incorporates materials like vinyl, perspex, 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 signwriting could involve designing by hand and painting with special brushes and enamel paint.

As an apprentice, you could be employed as a signmaker, sign installer, quality technician, or manufacturing technician.

You could 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 at sites. 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.

Job Roles

  • Process Operative
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Signmaker
  • Sign Installer
  • Finishing & Assembly Operative


Last Updated: 16/08/2010

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The Salary

Starting salary (once qualified): £17,000 to £20,000

The Level

Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship)

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