SLATE Announces International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Info Session

Career as a painter offers the opportunity for wide-ranging creativity and secure employment; learn how to apply for apprenticeship training.

October 30, 2013 | 2 min reading time

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The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) Missouri Career Center (MCC) will conduct a Construction Information Session for job seekers interested at gaining skills in painting, drywall finishing, wallpapering, sandblasting, safety and decorating. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 5, at 10 a.m. at SLATE MCC Downtown, 1520 Market Street, First Floor Conference Room, St. Louis, MO 63103. SLATE has partnered with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (I.U.P.A.T.) and the Association for Construction Careers, Education and Support Services (ACCESS) to offer this informational event.

Painters put the finishing touch on all construction projects, bringing them to life with vibrant colors and textures. They prepare all types of surfaces; prepare coatings for application; and apply paints, stains, clear finishes and wall coverings. They also sandblast and water blast. Painters use a variety of tools, including conventional and airless stray equipment. Many painters have the opportunity for wide-ranging creativity, including painting to imitate wood and stone. Painters, wallpaper hangers and drywall finishers work with drywall contractors and with industrial, commercial and residential painting contractors.

Painters achieve superior skills with three years of training, mostly conducted on-the-job, but also in the classroom. Apprentices must be at least 18 years old, have a high-school diploma or equivalent, and should pass a 90-day probationary period.

Construction industry sector jobs are predicted to grow significantly between now and 2016. An increased number of painters will be needed to finish off construction projects in the St. Louis area on much anticipated developments including Ballpark Village, Cortex, BJC Headquarters, Lord & Taylor, Wells Fargo, Mercedes, Northside Regeneration, Carondolet Coke, and The City Walk, among others.

At the information session, Apprentice Coordinators from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades will explain details of their apprenticeship program, answer questions about the application process, and provide career guidance and networking opportunities.

Attendees should bring their resume and dress appropriately. Those not registered with the Missouri Career Centers network will be asked to register onsite.

For additional information, please contact Stacey Fowler at

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