Guidance

Signmaking apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the signmaking sector.

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.

Training opportunities

You’ll 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
  • install signs

The nature of your work will vary with the employer, but it could involve machining, joining, engraving, etching, hand decorating, spray-painting and screen-printing.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of signmaker apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeships

You’ll train as a signmaker/installer.

Advanced level apprenticeships

You’ll take on more the more specialised role of a signmaker/technician.

Apply for a signmaker apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education