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A decorated training career

With 20 years lecturing experience, there is nothing painting and decorating lecturer Neville Eastabrook doesn’t know about teaching his chosen trade.

An artistic streak through his school years led to an interest in signwriting. These signwriting skills were largely responsible for stretching a visit to London into a two-and-a-half year working holiday. 

Having used his skills to fund his time abroad, Mr Eastabrook returned to Perth to complete his TAFE studies and a mature-age apprenticeship in painting and decorating.

When his own lecturer became his mentor, a nicely painted career pathway was laid out before him. An offer to do some part-time assistant lecturing in 1999 laid the foundations of a career spent bringing out the best in young people seeking a qualification in a finishing trade.

“Painting and decorating as a career has so many advantages and I’m always excited about giving my students the chance to succeed,” Mr Eastabrook said.

“It’s a sociable career where you often work in a team, you have the radio on, the chance to work outdoors, avoid a desk and work on an enormous variety of jobs and sites.”“From wallpap

ering feature walls to working at heights painting commercial premises or guttering, the job always keeps you interested.”
Career prospects were greatly enhanced by the opportunities for self-employment, he added.

The Thornlie campus is unrivalled in Western Australia and compares to anything in country.

Purposely designed for the trade, the training workshops include an air filter system, spray booths, indoor and outdoor painting and decorating rooms and chemical recycling.

Calling all colourful characters

Lecturer Neville Eastabrook identified some key characteristics best suited for a life in painting and decorating:

•    Creative flair

•    Attention to detail

•    Comfortable working at heights

•    Physically fit

•    Team player

•    Personable with clients and co-workers


Page last updated June 19, 2019