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Inside The Painting & Drywall Finishing Apprenticeship Training Center In Milan, Illinois - How The Quad City Finishing Contractors Association ‘Brings Expertise’ Of Union Painters & Drywall Finishers To Local Construction Projects

Published Thursday, August 20, 2020
by Luke Cleary/WQAD.com
Inside The Painting & Drywall Finishing Apprenticeship Training Center In Milan, Illinois - How The Quad City Finishing Contractors Association ‘Brings Expertise’ Of Union Painters & Drywall Finishers To Local Construction Projects

(MILAN, ILLINOIS) - The Quad City Finishing Contractors Association is bringing the expertise of Union Painters and Drywall Finishers to construction projects across our communities. 

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 81’s Apprenticeship Training Center in Milan is one of the places where new Apprentices learn the skills they need to become Journeymen in the field.

On a recent morning, Apprenticeship Instructor Josh Ehrmann could be seen strapping into one of the facilities newest machines.

Called a Sim-Spray, the virtual reality spray-gun trainer is a great way for Apprentices to practice on.

"The ‘motion.’  The way to ‘keep your arm straight, the way you practice perfect coverage, you practice perfect motion,’" Ehrmann said as he demonstrated the system.

It's impossible to paint the Trade with a broad brush.

There's always a mix of new people coming in.

"It's ‘changing, for sure,’" Training Coordinator Justine Goulder said. "When I went through my Apprenticeship, ‘I was one of the only females.’  We did have a female instructor at the time. But now, looking at applicants coming in, ‘most of them are female coming through right now, which is really exciting.’"

Ehrmann says new Apprentices don't need a lot of experience when they get their start: "Young people, older people, ‘people that are willing to be physical and work hard.’  I was almost thirty when I got in myself.  ‘If you’ve got a family the benefits are outstanding.’"

The IUPAT Instructors make sure Apprentices have the tools they need to be successful in the field. 

"Before the ‘big game, before going out in the field and really having to put your skills to use, you get to practice here and that’s the cool thing,’" Goulder said.

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