Plastering Apprenticeship


Course at a glance

Subject Area:

Plastering

Attendance:

Apprenticeship

Qualification:

Level 2 NVQ Diploma
Level 3 NVQ Diploma

Course Start:

Flexible

Course Length:

Level 2 - 2 years
Level 3 - 13 months

Location:

North Street Campus


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Course overview

This Plastering Apprenticeship is available to anyone aged over 16.

Plasterers mix and apply plaster to walls and ceilings of buildings to provide a smooth or decorative finish. A plasterer will also produce ornamental plasterwork such as ceiling roses, cornices and columns. 


What skills and qualities do apprentices need?

Observant with a keen eye for detail, the ability to work well individually and as part of a team, good communication skills. 


Entry requirements

You should be aged 16 or over and ideally already be employed or have secured a work placement, however we may be able to help you with this. Good GCSEs are recommended and you will be required to sit a skills assessment. 

To search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies visit the national apprenticeship vacancy website.

If you are aged 16-18 and you are unable to find an apprenticeship, you can apply for a study programme and switch over at any point when you do find one.

You must have achieved the Level 2 NVQ Diploma to commence the Level 3 NVQ Diploma.


What would apprentices learn at College?

  • How to use plastering tools and equipment e.g. trowel and hand board
  • Discover the origin of plaster
  • How to prepare walls and ceilings of prior to applying plaster
  • How to apply sand/cement and lighweight plaster to various backgrounds
  • How to create and fix fibrous plasterwork such as dado rails and ceiling centres
  • How to apply external render and floor screed
  • The various types of plasterboard that are available and how to prepare them for internal surfaces.
  • There is also the opportunity to visit a local plasterboard plant to see how the products are manufactured.

No matter what level you are currently working at, you will be expected to further your skills in English and maths.


Next steps

After completing this course there are a number of options available, depending on your final grade you could move onto a level 3 apprenticeship, into higher education or seek permanent employment.

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