Community House gets facelift

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04 Nov 2011

CPIT Painting and Decorating students got a taste of an onsite project this week, but the current demand for their trade means they will soon be working full time on sites throughout the city.

The 16 Certificate in Pre-Trade Painting and Decorating students gave the Mary Moodie Respite Care Centre in Hoon Hay a much needed facelift this week, using the skills they have learned during their 12 week course at CPIT with paint donated by Dulux.

Painting and Decorating co-ordinator at CPIT Andrew Gill said due to post-earthquake recovery work all the current students have jobs lined up and there are already another 13 opportunities waiting for students who sign up for next year. “If employers want staff they ring us. Every EQC claim involves painting and this demand will only get bigger,” he said.

Students said the demand for painters and decorators in the current environment was a factor in choosing to enrol in the programme. “The rebuild is part of the reason I chose Painting and Decorating,” student Dana Bottomley said. “The pay’s good.”

Chris Ryan also agreed that the rebuild was part of the attraction. “I was doing labouring – anyone can do labouring,” he said. “I needed a trade.”

After graduating, the students will complete a three-month work placement to reach stage one apprenticeship level. “This brings them to the same stage as a first year apprentice, but it takes them six months instead of one year,” their tutor Sandie Chamberlain said.

CPIT will run four pre-trade Painting and Decorating programme intakes in 2012, plus Canterbury Tertiary College, Youth Guarantee and He Toki ke ti Rika (Maori Trades Training) programmes. The pre-trade training includes at least one practical placement either within CPIT or in the community.

The Mary Moodie centre is a charitable trust that provides respite care for families with intellectually disabled children aged from five to 21 years. The trust’s manager Carla Manson said the trust could not afford to have the house repainted and was very grateful for the contribution by CPIT and Dulux, which will give the house a welcoming family atmosphere.

For more information about Ara trades programmes please see or phone 0800 242476.