Welcome to Wettrade Apprenticeships (WTA), a group training organisation designed specifically for the Wet Trades including: 

Painting and Decorating 

Solid Plastering 

Wall and Ceiling Lining 

Wall and Floor Tiling 

Construction Waterproofing


WTA was established in 2023 to close the skills shortage gap and provide alternative solutions for apprentices seeking real world outcomes in the wet trades. 

Wettrade Apprenticeships (WTA) is a Group Training Organisation (GTO) that is a new greenfield division of Master Painters Association of Qld Ltd (MPA) which is owned and operated by Master Painters Decorators and Signwriters Association Queensland Union of Employers. MPA is a member owned not for profit industry association, set up over a century ago.MPA supports, consumers and painters, setting industry standards in ethical business practices, and competency trade skills. Today, MPA is recognised by government and industry stakeholders, as the peak representative body for Queensland’s painting and decorating industry. 

What is group training? 

Group training provides the opportunity for apprentices to complete an apprenticeship in the trade of their choice while working with a host employer, in most cases, more than one. Apprentices are employed by a group training organisation who places them for specified timeframes with host employers throughout the duration of their apprenticeship. Host employers provide apprentices with the on the job training component while the group training organisation is responsible for the payment of the apprentice’s wages. 

Group training organisations in Queensland are: 

The Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training is responsible for the regulation of group training organisations in Queensland. 

Click here for more detailed information on group training including the responsibilities of WTA, host employers and apprentices. 

Benefits of group training 

Everyone benefits from group training. Statistics show that the completion rates for apprentices are greater for those apprentices employed by a GTO.

Apprentice benefits:

Host employer benefits:

Wettrade Apprenticeship is currently recruiting full and part time apprentices in the painting and decorating trade. Click here to see our current vacancies.  

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Our aim is to ensure you work in a safe environment and one where you are encouraged and supported to learn and develop.

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We believe that our employers are the most valuable asset we have. We uphold standfast relationships with our employers to ensure the best results. 

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Group training organisations (GTOs) provide alternative employment and training options for apprentices and trainees. 

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WTA offers the following services:  

  • Recruitment and selection of apprentices 

  • Skills training and development programs
  • Work-based training and mentoring
  • Job placement services, including matching apprentices with suitable employers 
  • Ongoing support and monitoring throughout the apprenticeship period.  

What Our Customers Say

Robert Gibbons Employer
"Wettrade Apprenticeships helped me find an awesome apprentice for my team! So helpful"
Sandy Jackson Apprentice
"From the start of my apprenticeship I have been taken care of by the team".  

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