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Apprenticeship Training Programs

IMPORTANT* Those who are interested in applying for our Journeymen Program please apply in person at our facility located in Middletown, CT. 


The Finishing Trades Institute of Southern New England Inc. is accepting applications for apprentice Painter Decorator, Drywall Finisher (Taping), Industrial Painter, and Glaziers.

Those who are interested in applying for our Apprenticeship Program are welcomed to apply online, due to COVID-19 protocols we are NOT accepting in-person applications at this time. 




Before being accepted as an apprentice you must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the apprentice application form online or in person.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must provide a social security card.
  • Must provide a valid drivers license.
  • Must provide a high school diploma, GED, or Job Corps Completion Certificate.
  • Must be a U.S Citizen or be lawfully permitted to work in the United States of America.
  • Must be physically able to perform the work required of the trade.
  • Must complete a favorable interview with an assigned Interviewer.
  • Must attend and successfully complete the Apprentice Orientation.

Each applicant who meets all minimum requirements will be evaluated for acceptance.

The Finishing Trades Institute of Southern New England is an Equal Opportunity Training Program. The FTISNE will not discriminate against race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information


Before an apprentice starts work they are required to join the union and pay applicable initiation fees. Apprentices are also required to pay state registration fees prior to being enrolled in the program. Apprentices will undergo a probationary period of 1000 hours. Painters and Taping Apprentices who are accepted into the three year programs will be required to complete 6000 hours of on the job training together with 432 hours of related Classroom Instruction. Glazing and Industrial Painting Apprentices who are accepted into the four year Glazing Program will be required to complete 8000 hours on the job training with 576 hours of related Classroom instruction. The classes are from September through May.


Apprentice wages will start at 50%  of the applicable journeypersons pay rate. Apprentices receive an increase in their pay per every 1000 hours of work performed.