Signmaker

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Signmakers design, make and fit signs for commercial and non-commercial use.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter

to

£26,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends

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How to become a signmaker

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include the Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Signmaking.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

The following apprenticeship may be relevant to this role:

  • Level 3 Signage technician

     

This will usually take 2 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply for jobs directly. It may be useful to have GCSEs, A levels or equivalent qualifications in subjects like design and technology or art and design. English, maths and ICT might also be helpful.

It will also be useful if you have experience or qualifications in CNC machining, printing or reprographics.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the International Sign Association UK for professional recognition and to make industry contacts.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • design signs using computer software
  • measure and calculate letter and logo sizes
  • make glass fibre letters from moulds
  • cut out and shape materials into letters, logos and 3D shapes
  • print out signs or designs on digital printers
  • apply paint backgrounds by brush, spray or roller
  • hand-paint lettering (in traditional signmaking)
  • bend glass into shape and fit basic electrical wiring (if making illuminated or animated signs)
  • cut sign frames from aluminium
  • install signs on site
  • deal with paperwork and administration

Working environment

You could work at a client's business, in a workshop or in a creative studio.

Your working environment may be at height, outdoors some of the time, noisy, physically demanding and dusty.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a supervisor or manager. 

You could specialise in different areas within the industry, working as an estimator, process planner or quality technician.

You could become self-employed, either independently or as part of a franchise.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Signage Technician

  • Wage: £144.30 Weekly
  • Location: Hull

Signage Technician Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £146.25 Weekly
  • Location:

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