Paint Industry Education: Takin’ it to the Streets.

Written by on February 17, 2013 in Industry News, Uncategorized with 14 Comments

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Like most paint contractors who are still paint contractors, we have been paint contractors in three different decades now. It is no secret that one of the biggest flaws our industry has allowed is the continued decline in young people entering the paint trade. Too many paint contractors sitting behind computers, complaining about the lack of good help. Too many kids who can’t find jobs.

The complete and utter failure of an entire industry to plant the proper seeds to ensure it’s own sustainability is beyond us.

But a SOLUTION is not.

We have been contacted numerous times over the past couple of years by several different entities regarding “education”. As actual veteran former public school teachers, we take the tossing about of that word rather seriously.

You can quote us on this:

“There is nothing out there that does what we want it to do educationally for the paint industry. So, we built our own. We have formally launched our own brand of paint industry education, Prep to Finish.”

-Prep to Finish

Prep to Finish will take to the streets, starting thursday February 21, to launch a workshop series geared to vocational/technical students studying the building trades. It is a unique, hands on program, designed to show kids that painting is not much like scraping their Grandma’s fence.

Watch us take painter training where it has never been at:

And you can follow and interact with all of the activity at the Prep to Finish Facebook Page.

Follow Prep to Finish on Twitter, and you won’t miss a thing.

What are your thoughts about the problem of workforce development in the paint industry, or trades in general?





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  1. Archer says:

    You could definitely see your skills within the
    article you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid
    to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  2. It’s a great idea. In my experience of youngsters, who have been sent to paint in a high vis jackets by the job centre or an agency and a lot of the college students, is they lack all the personable side of the industry. Especially with domestic work..meeting customers and being respectful and sensitive to fact they are in peoples homes .Trying to find a youngster who not only wants to do the work but to do it with pride is really hard.
    I’ve never had a problem with quality of work from taking someone on but with other factors. (swearing, being on the phone, radio silly loud, smoking, being late etc) ..
    I think if this was taught along with technique training a lot more youngsters would succeed in becoming tradesmen in their own right rather than the hi vis “painters” ..

    – I worded this much better earlier and it failed to post! I think I still made my point ok?!

    Good luck with it all. 🙂

    • Scott Burt says:

      Thanks CD, we spend a good bit of time with the students focusing on the “relationship” side of working in the trades. It is one of the most important aspects, along with the day to day work habits that you mention. It is hard to teach those things on the job, so we value the opportunity to reinforce them in advance of entry into the workforce. We are excited to see this first generation of Prep to Finish students enter the workforce.

  3. chris says:

    Great to see someone taking the bull by the horns instead of complaining about the decline of civilization.

  4. Zac says:

    My friend and I got into the trade out of necessity to pay for school and there was so little help out there to REALLY learn the specifics of the trade all we had to go off of was YouTube videos and any tips we could get out of the guys at Home Depot. Awesome to see there is definitive action being taken to make sure that isn’t always the case!

    • Scott Burt says:

      Most of us came into it that way, Zac. Some of us were lucky to cross paths with a good mentor at some point, but there is definitely a need for training to properly introduce younger people to the painting trade. Thanks.

  5. What about both Union & Nonunion Apprenticeship Programs,
    They are still around, I went through a 3 year class,
    back in the day. I still help train people.


    • Scott Burt says:

      It’s good that they are still around, they need to be. Our trade needs to attract young people who want to work, and train them properly, for sure. Glad to hear you are doing your part.

  6. Ryan Briggs says:

    Excellent idea Scott! Every year it gets harder and harder to find young help with a willingness to learn the trade.

  7. John shearer says:

    Great idea and look forward to your content Scott. So true the statement about if you are still a painting contractor odds are you are in your third D.

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