Painting & Decorating

Painter & Decorator

New subdivisions like Armstrong Creek and Warralilly have resulted in a dramatic increase in careers that build. House construction teams, from design to completion have increased 1175% in the past five years.

What does a painter & decorator do?

A painter and decorator applies paint, wall coverings and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures.

Where can I get trained?

For jobs right around Australia, check out www.uworkin.com
For jobs in Geelong see our live job feed on www.geelongcareers.org.au

At school by

  1. Doing year nine work experience with an employer in careers that build.
  2. Enrolling in the VET in Schools Certificate II with a school based traineeship where you study part time at TAFE, complete your year 12 and spend one or two days a week with your employer. You graduate with year 12, a Certificate 11 in construction, and the equivalent of up to one year of your apprenticeship completed.

At the Gordon TAFE or other registered training organisation by

  1. Completing a six month Full time Certificate II pre apprenticeship course. You don’t need an ATAR , but you will need a year 11 completion.

At university

  1. You can take an undergraduate degree at university in Construction, Design, or Project Management

On the job

  1. Look for a school based apprenticeship or full time apprenticeship with G Force, an individual employer or another apprenticeship provider.

Where can I get experience?

Look for year 10 work experience opportunities on the GRVEC site, or ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask a careers that build employer for a voluntary work opportunity.
Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.

What do I need to be good at?

  • Working in a team
  • Working with your hands
  • Following directions
  • Work related literacy and numeracy
  • Good colour sense
  • Ability to work at heights
  • Ability to move heavy ladders or set up scaffolding safely (in teams)
  • Desire to do a precise and thorough job

How much do I get paid?

Starts at $43,529 and progresses to $70,000 depending on your experience.

What can this job lead to?

Qualified construction tradesmen, including plumbers, electricians, concreters, and carpenters may go on to become business owners and operators. With further training qualified tradesmen can become specialists in:

  • Site management
  • Project management
  • Green and reduced carbon emission technology
  • Education and training providers
  • Architecture
  • Interior design

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