Painters District Council 53 JATC

The Finishing Trades Institute sponsors four apprenticeship programs – Painting, Drywall, Glaziers and HydroBlaster/Vacuum Technician.  Applications are accepted daily from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM year round with the exception of holidays and weekends.

To obtain an application or for more information, please contact the apprenticeship office at 304-343-8250, ext. 1, or:

Charleston, WV area:                         Jerry Scarbro               304-539-2914

Parkersburg, WV/Marietta OH:           Harold Keller               740-516-0090

Fairmont/Wheeling, WV:                    David Morris               304-380-5635

Huntington WV/ Ashland, KY:             Rodney Skaggs            304-932-2001

These are three year programs (except HydroBlaster is two) where apprentices will learn all aspects of the trade through both paid on-the-job experience and related classroom training.

All applicants must fully meet the following minimum qualifications to qualify:

  •  Age- All applicants shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age. (With the exception of school to work students) Applicants are required to submit birth certificate for proof of age.
  • Education- Shall possess sufficient educational knowledge to satisfactorily complete the on-the- job training and related technical instruction and be in possession of a high school diploma or GED. Applicants are required to submit high school diploma or GED.
  • Physical- Shall be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of individual or others.
  • Testing- All applicants apply for Glazier trade must take a Reading and MC/AP tests at Job Service locations.
  • Driver’s License- All applicants shall provide valid proof of driver’s license.

All applications will be received without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.


The Recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex.  The JATC will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunities in apprenticeship and training and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the code of federal regulations, Part 30.