First-Year Apprentice Painter and Decorator (Entry Level)

at British Columbia Construction Association
Location Prince George, Canada
Date Posted November 24, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Permanent


Building the life you want starts with acquiring skills that are in demand.
As a Red Seal tradesperson, career potential is unlimited.
It all starts with apprenticeship; a unique opportunity to earn and learn while building your career.

British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) Apprenticeship Services is launching a major industry-wide drive supporting small and medium construction employers to hire and register first-year apprentices.

This province-wide recruitment drive is administered by BCCA as part of the BCCA Apprentices Services campaign. BCCA is launching a 22-month campaign funded by the Government of Canada's Apprenticeship Service to enable small and medium-sized employers in BC's construction industry to hire and register first-year apprentices. As part of the service to employers, BCCA will build a pool of qualified jobseekers, provide culture training via its Builders Code program, and mentorship support through its new Building Builders initiative. Additional apprenticeship supports, advice, and resources will also be made available to successful job applicants.

To learn more about BCCA Apprenticeship Services, click here.

About the Opportunity

British Columbia has an increasing demand for skilled tradespeople, resulting in rewarding employment opportunities. As a first-year apprentice, you will be starting a career path towards obtaining your Industry Training Authority BC (ITA BC) trade certification and Red Seal endorsement. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on training while receiving a competitive wage for your work!

A typical day as a painter and decorator could involve working for a general construction contractor, restoration, building maintenance, property management, industrial coatings or painting, and wall coverings company. Skilled painter and decorators are experts in preparing surfaces, as well as applying and removing various wall coatings and coverings.

Day-to-day as an apprentice you could be:

Performing physical labour related to site setup, surface preparation, and cleaning
Calculating and mixing ingredients for powder or liquid-applied coatings
Identifying and using a range of sealants, stains, paints, enamels, epoxies, and liquid membranes
Adhering to standardized safety protocols for handling and storing various painting materials
Working from heights such as scaffolding, ladders, swing stages, roofs, and platforms
Maintaining and operating equipment and tools
About You

BCCA Apprenticeship Services is looking for applicants interested in pursuing a career in construction as a first-year apprentice painter and decorator. The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a Red Seal painter and decorator and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.

To succeed as a first-year apprentice painter and decorator, you:

Communicate, work well with others, and follow directions well
Have good dexterity and like to work with your hands
Have strong eye for detail and good colour sense
Enjoy working on your feet all day
Like to solve problems and build solutions
Are physically fit with stamina for manual labour
Have experience using hand and power tools
Are willing to follow safety guidelines at all times
Understand basic math
Are in good physical condition with good endurance

Other qualifications can include (but are not required):

Hands-on experience working with painting, drywall, concrete, and/or building construction materials
Occupational First Aid, Fall Safe, Swing Stage, and/or SiteReadyBC certification
High school diploma and/or completion of Painter and Decorator Level 1 Training from an ITA BC recognized post-secondary institution
Valid BC driver's license and reliable vehicle
Prior experience in construction (hobbies, summer jobs, or volunteer activities), agriculture or forestry, manufacturing, marine services or fisheries, municipal work, or other non-construction trades are a bonus
The Benefits of Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship offers a pathway to a successful career in construction. You will earn an income while gaining work-based training hours, education, and certification. Apprentices are eligible for government grants, tax credits, and employment insurance while attending training. This can help you offset the cost of training and certification and allow you to complete your apprenticeship and minimise student debt.

For more information on the benefits of apprenticeship, see ITA BC's Apprentice Guidebook.

If this sounds like you, and you want to start your career in construction, we encourage you to apply today!

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