Apprenticeship

Finishing Trades Institute of New England

Hours of Operation: 8-4 pm Monday to Friday

About FTI-NE:

Established in 1966, the Finishing Trades Institute of New England (FTI-NE) provides highly-skilled training to workers in the finishing trades industry, including apprentices, journeypersons, supervisors, project managers, safety officers etc. With two state-of-the-art training centers, men and women across New England get the opportunity to hone their skills through a comprehensive curriculum and unequaled training programs.

Registered under the US Department of Labor, the institute started in Massachusetts and was expanded to providing training to apprentices in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

With our apprentices, our aim is to provide career advancement through a combination of classroom instruction, shop training, and field experiences.  All of our apprentices receive a minimum of 150 hours of classroom and 6000 hours of on-the-job training over a period of three years.

The FTI-NE is a trailblazing institution providing comprehensive apprenticeship training and integrating cutting-edge technology into the curriculum, supporting out-of-the-box approaches, and the continued professional development of the staff.

Mission Statement:

The Finishing Trades Institute of New England is a postsecondary educational institution dedicated to the development of professional tradespeople, advancing their skills and certifying their qualifications.  Our school encompasses programs for commercial and industrial painters, painting, industrial coating and lining applicator specialist, drywall finishers, glaziers, glassworkers, architectural metal workers and sign and display workers.

The FTI-NE exists to serve a number of purposes:

  • To supply our signatory contractors with highly skilled workers including apprentices, journeypersons, supervisors, project managers, safety officers etc.
  • To provide career advancement through a combination of classroom instruction as well as shop and field experiences.
  • With two state-of-the-art training centers, men and women are afforded comprehensive curriculum and unequaled training.
  • It is impressed upon our students the realization that acquiring vital trade specific skills is necessary for securing and maintaining fair wages, health and pension benefits, and favorable working conditions.

Read about our apprenticeship programs here.

Important updates from the FTI on FTI applications and STAR 2021 training requirements:

1st
  • We will be opening for applications the 1st business day in March from 1 – 4 pm and continue to accept applications each day thereafter from 1 – 4 pm until we reach our quota. Due to the pandemic, we will start by accepting only 15 applications until further notice. Once we’re back on track we will accept applications 10 months out of the year from January – October.
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  • The STAR 2021 training requirements will once again be PFT and any other course taught by the FTI New England. In the next newsletter, we will be putting another calendar out for the rest of the season and will add more PFT’s to accommodate the surge.

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APPRENTICESHIP ELIGIBILITY:

Apprenticeship applicants, BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED AS APPRENTICES, must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the application form furnished by the Finishing Trades Institute of New England
  2. Be 18 years of age or older
  3. MUST PRODUCE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE
  4. Be an American Citizen or be lawfully permitted to work in the United States of America
  5. Produce a copy of his/her high school diploma or GED or Job Corps Completion Certificate
  6. Be physically able to perform the work required of the trade
  7. Complete a favorable interview with an assigned DC #35 Interviewer
  8. Attend, and successfully complete, apprentice information session
  9. Pass a drug screening

Each applicant who meets all minimum requirements will be evaluated for acceptance.

The Painters and Allied Trades Finishing Trades Institute of New England is an Equal Opportunity Training Program. We encourage woman and minorities to apply.

ACCEPTED APPLICATION PROCESS:

Apprentices who are accepted in the program will be required to complete 6000 hours of on the job training together with 450 hours of related classroom instruction. The classes are from September through April.

All Boston FTI-NE Apprentices will attend 4 full time, one-week training sessions, spread out over a one year time period between the months of September and April.

APPRENTICE STANDARDS:

Once a member beings work they will be required to join the union soon after their first day of work.  The apprentice initiation fee is $100.00 and is non-refundable. They then are initiated into their local. Apprentices receive a 1000-hour probationary period.

APPRENTICE PAYSCALE:

Apprentices receive an increase in their pay every 750 hours of work performed. The apprentice is responsible for turning in their pay stubs every 750 hours in order to receive that increase.

REQUIRED TRAINING:
  • 10 Hour OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety)
  • Scaffolding
  • First Aid/CPR
  • PFT (Pulmonary Function Test)
  • ALTA (Ariel Lift Training)
  • Fall Protection (FP)

Finishing Trades Institute of New England, Main Campus   •   25 Colgate Road, Roslindale, MA 02131   •   617-524-0248   •   Fax: 617-524-0977   •   Business hours 8am – 4pm

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