Apprentice Painter & Decorator

Working at Buckfast Abbey

Job Title: - Apprentice Painter & Decorator

Location: Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Reporting to: Buildings & Maintenance Manager

Salary: £4.50ph

Closing Date: 26th October 2020



Buckfast Abbey is home to a Benedictine Community of monks with the Abbey Church and facilities. It has a manufacturing plant,multiple retail outlets, restaurant, a conference centre, education department and a broad range of guest accommodation.

The original Abbey was founded on its current site around 1018 and grew into a large flourishing monastic complex with some substantial Guest Halls.


Reporting to the Buildings and Maintenance Manager, carrying out a wide variety of responsive and planned repairs and maintenance, across the Buckfast Abbey site, including domestic and commercial properties/buildings:

  • Carrying out a wide variety of high quality repairs to a range of properties, predominately developing painting and decorating skills with a view to developing other trade skills

  • Attending training sessions with the training provider and complete the learning agreement required for successful completion of a work based Painting and Decorating apprenticeship

  • Responsible for keeping any work areas tidy and free from waste materials

  • Ensure all work areas are left in a clean, tidy and safe condition

  • Observe all relevant health and safety regulations and Buckfast Abbey policies

  • To attend meetings, training sessions and conferences as required

  • Stock checking and ordering painting and decorating materials as required

  • The post holder must also undertake other duties, appropriate to the grading of the post, as required.


Essential Requirements

  • Good interpersonal skills and communication skills

  • Ability to work outside normal hours on occasions to assist with emergencies after the first year of apprenticeship

  • Ability to work in different weather conditions

  • Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with colleagues and other organisations

  • Ability to work within Buckfast Abbey Policies

  • A minimum of grade 4 or equivalent in Maths and English or predicted those grades

  • Pass training provider entrance skills test

  • To have a full clean driving licence by the third year of the apprenticeship and thereafter be able to drive Buckfast Abbey vehicles on the public highway

  • Ability to lift and carry weights of 25kg

  • Ability to work in confined spaces, climb scaffolding and ladders and access various sites.

Download an application form here

Please send it to: 

HR Department
Buckfast Abbey