Jordan Charters | Future Made

Jordan runs a painting and decorating business with his dad and did a four-year apprenticeship to learn his trade. He decorates homes, businesses and new builds, and occasionally does restoration work and sign painting.

Painter and Decorator, Age 24

Jordan runs a painting and decorating business with his dad and did a four-year apprenticeship to learn his trade. He decorates homes, businesses and new builds, and occasionally does restoration work and sign painting.

"I'm really fortunate to learn these skills."

Jordan Charters, Painter and decorator, 24

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More About Jordan

  • Jordan never dreamed of being a decorator but during his apprenticeship, he travelled to Abu Dhabi for the Worldskills competition and came 5th in the world for painting and decorating.

  • Most of Jordan’s time is spent sanding, filing and protecting surfaces. The easiest (and quickest) part of the job is the application, which he mainly does with sprayers and brushes.

  • The hardest thing about his job is applying himself to work every day. His apprenticeship helped him to toughen up mentally – if he doesn’t work, he doesn’t get paid.

  • He bought his own flat last year. It was a struggle to save, but Jordan was able to put in extra time at work to earn enough money.

  • As a long jump athlete, he trains six days a week. He heads to the gym after work and gets home around 9pm.

Jordan Charters, Painter and decorator, 24

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