Approx. duration: 36 months
Start date: September and January
Attendance: One day a week at the Rural Campus
Entry requirements: Individual employers will set their selection criteria for applicants. Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course suitability. You may be required to come in and undertake an interview or assessment. Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to 4 GCSEs including Maths and English 9-3/A-E or a commitment to undertake Level 2 Maths and English. Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week and have a contract of employment.
On programme learning:
- Plasterer Standard
- English and Maths (if required) Level 2
End-point assessment: Delivered by City and Guilds
Progression: On completion of this Apprenticeship, a Plasterer will have the opportunity to progress within the industry in more Senior roles such as self-employment.
Course Summary: Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the need of both the Apprentice and their employer.
Plastering is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector and refurbishment sectors.
The broad purpose of this occupation is to apply layers of plaster onto walls, floors and ceilings. Plastering serves a protective function, in that it makes buildings more robust and also an aesthetic function. Plasterers will often complete dry lining projects during their career. Although a person may specialise solely in dry lining, a plasterer must have the knowledge of dry lining in addition to their knowledge and skills to plaster.
The occupation covered by this Apprenticeship standard is for a Plasterer that will specialise in either Solid or Fibrous plaster work after undertaking the core learning (which includes introductory elements of both solid and fibrous plastering).
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with commercial and domestic customers, other trades, architects and site managers. All plasterers can work on their own or as part of a small team. They work on small-scale domestic jobs, large repair and restoration projects and on big commercial developments such as schools or hospitals, therefore coming into contact with a wide range of people.
Whilst some plasterers are directly employed by companies specialising in plastering, there are a lot who are sub contracted by companies to work on new or existing buildings.