A solid education and the right attitude make the difference

By Neil Petrich
For LP Specialty Products

As a child Shannon Scheide always liked to paint but it wasn't until she was an adult that she started making her masterpiece – a career she can be proud of.

Since December of 2010, Scheide, who has been painting since she was 12, has been working with Certapro Painters Saskatchewan, which does interior and exterior painting for residential and commercial properties. After trying various jobs, the 30-year-old single mother of two is happy to have found a job where she can be constructive and creative.

"Some of the places are pretty bad when we start so I love taking something ugly and making it beautiful," said Scheide. "When I finish the job and know people like it; I can look at it and know it's something I did and I can do again."

Her journey started with a lot of determination but little direction. "I was doing a lot interviews and taking all kinds of tests," she said. "Finally they sent me to the Regina Trades and Skills Centre (RTSC), I went back so many times to make sure I got in that they knew I was serious about it."

"I was very involved from the start, asking questions and helping the teachers. They knew I wanted to take this as far as it goes and I wanted to be somewhere with it," said Scheide, who wants to run her own painting business in the future. "They saw the successes I had then and the potential I still have."

Not only did her positive attitude and strong work ethic impress her instructors, it also caught the eye of her future employers. "On December 16th I graduated, we had the graduation dinner on the 17th, and I started work on the 18th," said Scheide, remarking on how quickly she was able to find employment.

"Shannon started at the top of the class and has quickly developed into a detailed painter, getting better every day," said Certapro owner Jason Duke. "I noticed that during their training exercise at the RTSC they focused on the little details and that makes a big difference," said Duke. "I think they allow people into the program based more on their attitude than their aptitude."