Lilly Castillo
Painting Apprentice

“I was working as a
nanny and I have found
the satisfaction I get
from painting is much
better for me."
History of Painters & Allied Trades Apprenticeship in Northern California and Northern Nevada

The history of the Painters and Allied Trades Apprenticeship in the west started at the same time trades unions were founded. District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades was established in 1934 in San Francisco, California, with many of its Locals chartered in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Apprenticeship programs back then, as is now, was a means for a person to learn a set of skills and craftsmanship that would command a better than average wage. Over 20,000 apprentices have graduated through our programs to become successful crafts persons throughout the years!




Currently, District Council 16 Apprenticeship Program includes three training facilities:
  • San Leandro, CA
  • West Sacramento, CA
  • Reno, NV

Our crafts include drywall finishers, floor covering, glazing, painting, and highway stripers.

Please contact the Painters & Allied Trades Apprenticeship in your area for career opportunities.


District Council 16 Apprenticeship Program now covers
the following areas:






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