Apprentice Painter

In case you'd like to work in the painting trade someday, then it would be good for you to look for work as an apprentice painter. As an apprentice painter, you will be working under the supervision of skilled painters while aiding them in various tasks. Having prior training or experience is an advantage when applying to become an apprentice painter. Still, you can get accepted for the job even if you have no experience at all. You will get on-the-job training as an apprentice painter, which will give you the skills and knowledge you need to advance in the painting trade. Different employers have different requirements for apprentice painter positions, but most require applicants to have finished a certain level of training. The salary provided by apprentice painter jobs vary, but is usually commensurate to your experience. As you move up the apprenticeship levels, you will most likely be given pay raises.

Tasks and duties of an apprentice painter

When you become an apprentice painter, your specific tasks and responsibilities will depend on your experience and the discretion of your employer. You will be assisting a skilled painter in various phases of work in the painting trade. Apprentice painter jobs typically include operating power tools, hand tools and using painting tools and equipment. As an apprentice painter, you will be cleaning tools and equipment as well as running errands and delivering tools, equipment and materials when necessary. As an apprentice painter, you may also be tasked with removing old wallpaper or paint using scrapers, sanders, blowtorches, steam strippers or liquid paint removers.

Skills and abilities required in apprentice painter jobs

When working as an apprentice painter, you need to be physically fit and able to work at heights. You should also enjoy doing practical work. As an apprentice painter, you need to have normal colour vision and possess good hand-eye coordination. It's also essential that you know how to follow instructions accurately and that you're detail-oriented. Apprentice painter jobs require you to have good interpersonal and communication skills and know how to work independently as well as with a team.

Employment opportunities for an apprentice painter

You can seek employment with painting and decorating contracting firms. You can also work as an apprentice painter under the supervision of self-employed contractors. Painting is a large occupation that can provide you with a lot of good job opportunities. These job prospects greatly depend on the level of building and renovation activity. Once you've gone past being an apprentice painter to being a skilled painter, you can then gather more experience and advance to supervisory positions.

Employment News

Young Painter Chases Gold In The Spectrum

8 September 2007

FOR each new industry award that 20-year-old third-year apprentice painter and decorator Shareena Sloan wins, her jaw drops open a little more, she says. So it must be near her shoes now, since she has accumulated many awards since starting her apprenticeship in 2005... read full story

Painting Prize Winner

31 July 2007

IQ follows graduates into the workplace Apprentice painter Nicole Breska of Dapto has been awarded the Excellence in Training, 2006 award for her studies in Certificate III General Construction Course - Painting & Decorating, at Sydney Institute's TAFE... read full story

Inquiry Into Work Deaths Hears About Electrocution

18 February 2004

THE tragic electrocution of a Stockton apprentice painter was raised yesterday at a State Government parliamentary inquiry into workplace fatalities... read full story

Query Over Death

28 May 2001

A 20-YEAR-OLD apprentice painter electrocuted while pushing scaffolding along a Cessnock road had raised concerns about workplace safety only days before the tragedy, his family revealed yesterday... read full story

Pair Warned Not To Drink And Ride

10 August 1988

Two Berowra Heights men thought they could drink alcohol on trains because they had seen people drinking on a train to Gosford, Hornsby Court was told this week. Mark Leonard Andrews, 18, apprentice painter, of Cambewarra Crescent, Berowra Heights, and Scott Raymond Madden, 18, labourer, o.. read full story