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Recognizing that there is not a substitute for Apprenticeship, there is a definite obligation on the part of the present generation of the Painting and decorating Industry to supply means for people to become their successors and to obtain training and education to fit them for their responsibilities. Apprenticeship training will equip the Apprentice for a profitable employment, develop a necessary background for good citizenship and insure both the employer and the public the benefit of good craftsmanship.
Painters and Decorators are under obligation to provide the public certain health and sanitary protection wherever the work is being performed. They are also responsible for proper selection of materials to fit the individual jobs and for applying these materials in a workmanlike manner. This Apprenticeship Program is based on these premises. It recognizes that painting; decorating and paper hanging should be done only by qualified journey persons assisted by regularly indentured apprentices.
The term “apprenticeship” carries the connotation of mutual benefit. Any program for the regular indenture of apprentices must be formulated on accepted standards, mindful of the best interest of all parties concerned.
Selections to the Apprenticeship Program
1. Applications are available on a year-round basis at:
Painter’s District Council 58, 940 California Avenue, Collinsville, IL 62234, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or a District Council Representative in your area. A $ 20.00 application fee will be required at that time.
2. Applicants meeting all qualifications and requirements of the Apprenticeship Standards, will be put on a list at the Local Hall, each area will have a separate list, by date of application received, and sent to the Contractors for selection by a “Letter of Intent to Hire.” If the contractor has no preference the applicant with the oldest date will be selected. All qualified applicants will remain on the list for period of  years.
3. When the Applicant is accepted by a contractor he/she must return to the Local Union Hall of District Council 58, with the “Letter of Intent to Hire” stating the starting date of employment.
4. The eligible applicant will be provided orientation before indenturing by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee upon receipt of the “Letter of Intent to Hire.”
5. There will be no testing of applicants.
6. The apprentice must make application for membership into the Union and start Making payment on their initiation fee, as required by the District Council 58 Working Agreement, after seven  days of employment or admittance to the apprentice program. The total fee must be paid at time of entrance.
7. The Joint Apprenticeship Committee or their representative will assist laid-off Apprentices in seeking employment.
8. In reference to the Committee’s Affirmative Action Plan, the Joint
Apprenticeship Committee will provide assistance to the minority and female applicants in the employment opportunities that will reflect the established goals of the program.
9. Graduates of the Job Corp may be selected into the program without meeting the Requirements, at the next available opening.
Painter Apprentice Entrance Requirements
To be considered for apprenticeship training each applicant must meet the following requirements:
1. AGE: Minimum age of 18 years (proof required).
2. EDUCATION: A high school education or its equivalent, the GED examination for which a diploma and transcript of school courses and grades will be required.
3. PHYSICAL: Must be physically fit to perform the work of the trade. A physician’s statement is required prior to admission to the program. Exam costs will be paid by the applicant.
4. RESIDENCE: Applicant must live in the jurisdiction of District Council 58.
5. Be able to obtain employment in the United States.
6. Drug test may be required.
7. An application fee of $ 20.00 will be charged due at the time of application.
Term of Apprenticeship
The term “Painter Apprenticeship” shall consist of approximately 8,000 hours (4 years) of reasonably continuous employment. The term shall be divided into  periods of approximately 1,000 hours each with a minimum of 500 hours each period. The Stripper will be 4,000 hours 2 years divided into 4, 1,000-hour periods with a minimum of 500 hours each period.
Apprentices are granted increases according to school attendance and progress. Contractors will receive wage increase authorization notices when an Apprentice has qualified as per the schedule below:
Painters Apprenticeship Wage Schedule
Glaziers Apprenticeship Wage Schedule
Apprentices shall be required to have 500 work hours each six (6) months to qualify for advancement. Time spent in Apprenticeship Training School shall not apply to these hours.
FRINGE BENEFITS ARE TO BE PAID BY EMPLOYER FOR APPRENTICES AND ARE THE SAME AS JOURNEYPERSON PAINTERS. All fringe benefits that are paid on Journeyperson according to the Painter’s District Council 58 Working Agreement shall be paid on apprentices beginning with their first day of employment while serving their thirty (30) day probationary period of employment.
Where and How to Apply
In the Metro-Area, the application process is open Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. at District Council 58 located 940 California Avenue, Collinsville, IL. For application hours at each district location, please contact the individual local union. Contact information can be found here.