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Training

"I've Never Run A Business Before!"
Most candidates to the program are concerned about their lack of experience. It can be intimidating to think of running all aspects of a small business including hiring employees, estimating projects, controlling costs, and managing a profit. The good news is that very few of the thousands of successful past participants had any more experience than you. Our highly selective interview process screens applicants based on their demonstrated ambition, work ethic, interpersonal skills, and desire to learn. With those foundations in place, our proven training process ensures a successful summer.

The Training Process

Student training at College Works Painting

Classroom ManagerTraining

Classroom-style instruction with small group role-plays. All fundamentals are covered. Extensive question-and-answer sessions.

Field-Training with District Manager

Your DM teaches you how to apply what you learned in training. Every time you do something new, your DM helps you.

District Manager Support

Strong and structured mentorship, in-field training and supervised learning.  You will work closely with your District Manager all Spring and Summer.  Expect formal meetings every week and drop in attention a few times per week.  Weekly phone calls for progress updates, goal setting, and additional training. Calls continue throughout the program.

Paint Training

Learn to paint houses with a DM and other members of your team. Emphasis is on jobsite management.

Production Training

Training before summer. Thorough review of management techniques and production management.

Payroll Fridays

Company-wide meeting every two weeks to turn in customer checks and paperwork. Two hour training led by Vice President and by successful interns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Q:How do I get paid?

A: At training you will learn how to price a paint job. You will be taught how to calculate wages, material, supplies and your profit. The average house will cost approximately $3,000 - $3,500 and you aim to earn 20% of this selling price per house painted. Remember as in any business, your profit margin depends entirely on how well you manage your costs. (Note: CWP cannot guarantee how much you will make, as it is dependent upon how you price the job and the costs you incur in delivering it. However, the average profit last year was over 21%. Also, the program offers a minimum guarantee of $4,000 for those who fulfill minimum program requirements.)

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The capable manager at CWP knows his business and is committed to doing as good a job as possible. It has been my pleasure to watch a promising young man grow into an enterprising businessman.

Managing Director,
Financial Administration
Harvard Business School