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860-834-5500 Manchester, CT


At Zoe’s, we want our employees to succeed and feel confident in their work. Each new employee that we hire comes in with their own experience, skillset, and overall take on what it means to be a great painter. Training in the painting field is often informal, on-the-job, and led by experienced painters that may or may not teach proper painting technique. 

We expect all of our painters to uphold certain standards of quality that our customers have come to expect. Because of this, we train all new employees, regardless of experience or skill-level.

Our Painter Apprenticeship Program is designed to:

  1. Provide hands-on learning for individuals with little or no experience in the painting trade.
  2. Assess skill and competency among experienced painters and provide an opportunity for advancement.

The Painter Apprenticeship is made up of two positions: Trainee and Prepper. All new employees will be considered for one of these positions, depending on direct paid experience.

Experienced painters that demonstrate skill and consistently meet our standards of quality will quickly advance to a Painter position. 

Apprentice 1:  Trainee

Trainees are new employees with no prior paid experience. Their main objectives are to learn the painting trade and practice proper technique by assisting Preppers and Painters.


  • Proper identification and use of tools and materials.
  • Assists with job site set-up and clean-up; maintains a neat, clean work site throughout the day.
  • Learns and practices principles of safety in the painting trade.
  • Hands-on learning of basic painting functions and application techniques (brush, roller, etc.)
  • Learns the principles of surface preparation and assists with preparation procedures, including covering surfaces, sanding, caulking, sealing, etc.
  • Learns other methods, techniques and terminology used in the painting trade.
  • Performs support duties, as assigned.

Depending on employee availability, learning capacity, and aptitude, a Trainee should be promoted to a Prepper position within 3-12 weeks of employment. 

Apprentice 2: Prepper

Preppers are new employees that have a minimum of 1-year paid work experience


  • Helps trainees learn how to carry out the following duties and responsibilities efficiently.
  • Responsible for job site set-up and clean-up; maintains a neat, clean work site throughout the day.
  • Safely erects ladders or scaffolding.
  • Moves furniture or fixtures; applies protective coverings to furniture, fixtures and floors.
  • Removes and replaces wall plates, wall or ceiling fixtures, hardware, etc.
  • Performs all prep work (caulking, patching, pressure washing, masking, sanding, etc.)
  • Prepares walls and other surfaces for painting by washing, scraping, using proper sanding techniques, removing old paint or wallpaper, patching, priming, etc.
  • Fills cracks and holes with appropriate material (e.g., plaster).
  • Cleans work areas and equipment.
  • Practices and performs basic painting functions and application techniques (brush, roller, etc.)
  • Performs other support duties, as assigned.

How to Become a Painter

New employees that have over 1-year prior direct paid experience will quickly advance from a Prepper position to Painter if they are consistently:

  1. Demonstrating proper painting technique,
  2. Meeting standards of quality work, and
  3. Completing tasks within the timeframe given by the crew leader and/or field supervisor.