District Council 9 Opens New Recruitment Drive; 500 Applications Available

New York, NY – District Council 9 is beginning its recruitment process for Painter, Decorator and Paperhanger apprentices on Tuesday, August 24. The application period runs to through Tuesday, September 7.

DC9 is accepting 500 applications for apprenticeship training.  

District Council 9 is a chapter of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, an organization of painters, decorators, wall coverers, drywall finishers, sign painters, metal polishers, bridge & structural steel painters, civil service painters, lead abatement workers, glaziers & architectural metal glassworkers, paint makers and allied trades.

Five-hundred applications will be handed out, in person, at the DC 9 Finishing Trades Institute of New York training facility on a first come, first served basis, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, at the Finishing Trades Institute of New York located at 45-15 36th Street, Long Island City.

“As New York transitions into a post-pandemic era, District Council 9 is preparing the next generation of highly skilled workers to take part in our state’s rebuilding efforts,” stated Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer Joseph Azzopardi. “We see our apprentices as the future of the industry, and we’re proud that our apprenticeship programs help create a pathway to rewarding, family-sustaining careers.”

Apprenticeship applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old;
  • Must have proof of a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (i.e. GED or TASC);
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of a painter, decorator or paperhanger as determined by site evaluations and personal statement;
  • Must take a drug test prior to enrollment in apprenticeship and randomly throughout the apprenticeship program, at the expense of sponsor;
  • Must be able to read, hear and understand instructions and warnings in English; and
  • Must sign an affidavit attesting that they are physically able to perform the following:
    • Lifting and carrying material and equipment and/or paint weighing up to 70 pounds.
    • Working from ladders, scaffolds, lifts and suspended scaffolds, which may exceed 100 feet in height.


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