Apprenticeship and Training

Apprenticeships are high quality, work-based training programs for those who want to develop a rewarding career. An apprenticeship gives you the chance to earn while you learn!*

When you decide to take up an apprenticeship, you will:

  • Earn real wages
  • Gain new knowledge and key skills
  • First you’ll need to decide which IUPAT career suits you best.

Watch this presentation to see if there’s a Painters and Allied Trades apprentice program that interests you!

*Earn while you learn

It means exactly what it says: Learn a new career in the finishing trades and get paid for it!

That might sound too good to be true — but as an apprentice you really do get the best of both worlds. And demand for new apprentices in a booming construction industry is high.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in labor economics and statistics, the outlook for employment in the construction industry is bright:

  1. The number of wage and salary jobs in the construction industry is expected to grow 10 percent through the year 2016.
  2. Earnings in construction are higher than the average for all industries.
  3. And, in general, union workers are paid more than nonunion workers and have better benefits that include a pension.

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in a recent study that union construction workers earn, on average, 24 percent more than their non-union counterparts on a weekly basis. That can mean a difference of a hundred dollars each week or thousands each year!!!

Even in today’s uncertain economy, highly trained workers are always in demand. Highly skilled workers command higher pay and better benefits than unskilled workers. Highly skilled workers are safer on the job and have fewer job-related accidents than do unskilled workers. Trained workers also benefit employers, who can finish projects faster, better, and more safely with skilled workers.

Our union is committed to meeting the demands of employers for a productive, skilled workforce by providing unsurpassed training and education opportunities for all IUPAT members. IUPAT district councils and local unions offer education and training programs that make our members the most knowledgeable and accomplished craft workers in North America.

The Finishing Trades Institute of W & CNY offers innovative and exciting job training programs. It is governed by a board of trustees consisting of members of the IUPAT and the union’s signatory employers. Learn more about the FTI’s staff and its trustees by visiting the links above.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades provides’ a multitude of opportunities to build a secure future for you and your family. Take advantage of these opportunities by becoming an IUPAT member or by organizing workers in your community!