Is your Son or Daughter Interested in a Career in Masonry?
The masonry industry offers great benefits including advancement opportunities, job security, paid training, and financial strength - and that’s just the beginning. Masonry work presents both an analytical and creative outlet, a sense of pride in accomplishment and job flexibility. Most importantly, masonry is an enduring craft that promises to be lucrative far into the future - and the opportunities are wide open!
You can expect your son/daughter to participate in a tuition-free, earn-while-you-learn masonry training program. The program is three years in duration, and upon graduation, he or she will receive a Journeyman Mason certificate from the state of Florida and nationally recognized credentials maintained through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
An Interview With Skilled-Trades Evangelist, Jim Painter
Longtime building industry leader works to attract workers
Written By: Chris Eversole
Members of the Painter family have been masons since the early 20th Century, and Painter Masonry has operated for 50 years.
The company, which laid bricks and cement blocks for many of the buildings at the University of Florida and other parts of Greater Gainesville, won’t continue for another generation.
No family member is ready to continue Painter Masonry’s legacy, and none of the workers have stepped up to take over.
What’s more, it’s harder and harder to find workers who are willing to take on the arduous work of building the future – one brick at a time – in the Florida sun.
Young people are missing a great opportunity, said co-owner Jim Painter. He’s on a crusade, evangelizing for masonry and other skilled trades. He’s doing so as executive director of the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council, an outreach arm of the state government that then-Gov. Rick Scott created in 2015.