Painter Decorator

YWCA Toronto has partnered with the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI), the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) to bring you a unique, women-only training experience to become a commercial painter-decorator.

  • Certified instructors

  • Basic work tools

  • Safety training and equipment

  • Textbooks

  • Refresher math

  • Women-only learning environment

  • Level 1 Certification for Painter-Decorator

  • Academic upgrading (math, English, and essential skills for the trade)

  • Eight weeks work experience after training is completed

  • Transportation funds (restrictions apply)

  • Job readiness training

  • Supportive, highly-skilled instructors

  • Ongoing support from YWCA Toronto staff

  • Women, 16 years old and up

  • Minimum grade 10 math and English or equivalency

  • Resident of and able to work in Ontario

  • Willing and able to commit to a 22 weeks full-time intensive training program

  • Possess or be eligible to obtain a valid driver’s license

  • Physically able to work in a variety of construction work environments

  • Possess appropriate hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity

Monday, April 27, 2020

Academic UpgradingLevel 1 Training
Finishing Trades Institute (FTI)
130 Toro Road, Unit C, Toronto, ON

We would suggest that you attend an information session in person before you apply for a seat in the training program – see next tab Information Sessions for dates and locations near you. Attending an information session would give you an opportunity to meet YWCA Toronto staff and ask questions that may help you decide if the training program is the right fit for you.

If attending an information session in person is not feasible at this time, we encourage you review the presentation Outreach Presentation: Painter-Decorator Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program found below in the Downloads section before you apply. The presentation will provide you with detailed information and help you decide if you want to apply.

If you decide to apply, please print and fill out the application form (Application Form: Painter-Decorator Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program) found in the Downloads section of this page and bring it to your testing and interview appointment. You will find further information on how and where to apply in the Application, Testing & Interview Sessions tab below.

For further information, please contact our office:
Amina Shah, Client Support Administrator — 416.964.3883 x268 |
Nancy Rodriguez, Job Coach/Job Developer — 416.364.3883 x230 |

For more information and to apply, please contact our office:
Amina Shah — 416.964.3883 |

YWCA Etobicoke
– 222 Dixon Road (at Islington Aveune)

Wednesdays, January 8 & 22, February 12 & 26 | 10a.m.–noon

YWCA Scarborough
– 2425 Eglinton Aveune East (at Kennedy Station)

Tuesday, January 21 | 10a.m.–noon
YWCA Scarborough – 3090 Kingston Road (at McCowan)

Wednesday, January 29 | 10a.m.–noon

Newcomer Information Centre
– CET, 7420 Airport Road, Suite 104, Mississauga
Thursday, February 13 | 10a.m.–noon

** Dates to be announced in January 2020 **

Applicants to the Painter-Decorator Pre-Apprenticeship Training program will have to complete a basic numeracy/math and English comprehensive test* followed by a short interview with a YWCA Toronto Job Coach/Job Developer. During this interview you will have an opportunity to discuss your specific needs, or fears (if any) or the expectations you may have about the program.

*Important information about the math test – please do not let anxiety over the math test stop you from considering applying to this program. We have learned that many of our candidates have been out of school for a while and benefit from an academic refresher. To meet this need, we have incorporated two weeks of numeracy/math and English comprehension upgrading as part of the curriculum. The upgrading has proven to be sufficient for all previous participants in this program. Should the numeracy/math requirements cause you anxiety, please talk to the Job Coach/Job Developer and she will help assess your needs.

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