The painting and decorating course changing futures

In an era where home renovations, decorating, and DIY are increasingly popular it's surprising to learn that the painting and decorating industry is in desperate need of apprentice painters. In the midst of an Australian skills shortage, TAFE Queensland has launched a new Introduction to Painting and Decorating course to help encourage and support new comers into the industry

10 Apr 2017

In consultation with industry, TAFE Queensland decided to take a proactive approach to help encourage and support new comers into the industry through the implementation of a new Introduction to Painting and Decorating course.

This two week course focuses on providing introductory skills and experience that will allow students the opportunity to experience what being a painter is really like, before committing to an apprenticeship. It also allows potential employers to try before they buy. Essentially it gives both the student and employer the opportunity to determine if they will be the right fit for each other.

How does it work?

The two week painting and decorating course provides students with hands-on training and on-site industry work experience with employers who are looking to hire new apprentices.

Students complete their first week of training at the TAFE Queensland Acacia Ridge training centre, taught by industry professionals in our multi-million dollar wet trades training facility. The hands-on training covers occupational health and safety, basic brush and roller application, surface preparation, as well Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White Card)(CPCCOHS1001A).

In the second week students are placed with a employer who is currently looking to take on an apprentice painter. During this time students learn valuable on-the-job skills as well as having the opportunity to find out if the employer will be a right fit for them and vice versa.

Rayan’s story

Rayan Kevat participated in the pilot course, and since completing Introduction to Painting and Decorating was offered a painting apprenticeship with Brisbane based painting company Urban Painting. Rayan, who recently moved to Australia from Afghanistan seven months ago, has dreams of developing a trade career that would give him stability and the opportunity for career progression.

He said he chose to enrol in the painting and decorating course because he knew that a career in painting and decorating would allow him to earn good money, and one day reach his goal of owning his own painting business.

Rayan is thrilled to be working with owner Daniel Civi and the team at Urban Painting who specialise in quality commercial and residential painting. Daniel, who established the business over ten years ago, said he wanted to give youngsters the opportunity to get into a trade. He felt that Rayan had a positive attitude that would be a great fit for their team.

“Rayan was really great from the start. He was hard working and not afraid to get his hands dirty,” said Daniel.

Daniel was really happy with the course and the way it was offered and said that TAFE Queensland is the only registered training organisation that he deals with.

“I have tried others ones but they do not follow through like TAFE Queensland does. The communication from them is fantastic,” he said.

For more information about the course and how you can register your company’s interest in taking on students for work placement, please contact TAFE Queensland SkillsTech on 1300 308 233.

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