10 Apr 2017
In an era where home renovations, decorating and DIY are all the go, you’ll be surprised to hear that the painting and decorating industry is in desperate need of apprentice painters. In the midst of an Australian skills shortage, not enough young people our following in the footsteps of those before them, leaving a massive gap between new comers to the industry and those now putting down their tools for good as they enter retirement.
In consultation with industry, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech 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 differs from your average accredited certificate program as the focus is on providing the introductory skills and experience that will allow students the opportunity to experience what being a painter is really like before they commit to an apprenticeship. It also allows potential employers to try before they buy, essentially giving 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 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 SkillsTech Acacia Ridge training centre in the multi-million dollar Wet Trades training facility being taught by industry professionals. The hands-on training covers Occupational Health and Safety, basic brush and roller application, surface preparation as well CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White Card).
In the second week, students are placed with a employer who is currently looking to take on an apprentice painter. During this week, students learn valuable on-the-job skills, as well as have the opportunity to find out if the employer would be a right fit for them and vice versa.
One of the success stories from the pilot course was student Rayan Kevat who since completing the Introduction to Painting and Decorating course was offered a painting apprenticeship with Brisbane based painting company, Urban Painting. Rayan who recently moved to Australia from Afghanistan seven months ago had dreams of developing a trade career that would provide him stability as well as career progression.
Rayan said he chose to enrol in the 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 which specialises in quality commercial and residential painting. Daniel who established the business over ten years ago said that he wanted to give youngsters the opportunity to get into a trade and 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 SkillsTech is the only registered training organisation that he deals with. “I have tried others ones but they do not follow through like SkillsTech does. The communication from SkillsTech was fantastic”, he said.
Find Out More
For more information about the course and how you can register your companies interest in taking on students for work placement, please contact the Painting and Decorating team on 1800 654 447.
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