We don’t mean to plaster (lay) it on thick but the best route into the Plastering industry is through an Apprenticeship. ‘Why?’ We hear you ask. How about you read on and you’ll find out exactly why.
What is a plastering and why is an Apprenticeship the best route into it?
Plasterers will mix and apply different kinds of plaster to provide a perfect level finish to internal surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings. They may also be involved with mixing and applying plastering finishes for external walls using sand and cement, pebble-dash or stone-effect materials. So now we know the basics of plastering … why an apprenticeship?
What better way to learn the differences of solid plastering, fibrous plastering and the rapidly growing use of dry lining than by on the job training. That’s before we even get started on the different types of plaster you could use such as smooth plaster, grit plaster, cladding and rough cast plaster.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship allows you to gain experience in the working world and handle any challenges you may experience on the job. You’ll also work towards a nationally recognised qualification and on the job training. It’s a win, win situation as you get paid to learn.
Plastering Apprenticeships in London - Do I have what it takes?
To be a plasterer you should:
- Have good coordination and practical ability
- Be able to work quickly and as part of a team
- Have good numeracy skills for calculating surface areas and volumes of materials required
- Have a creative ability
- Be physically fit
- Be aware of health and safety issues
What are the hours like?
You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week Monday to Frida. However, you may be required to work overtime when there are deadlines to meet. As a plasterer you could be working in a variety of areas such as on sites, workshops, indoors on homes, offices or outdoors. Plasterers may have to work at heights from ladders, platforms or scaffolding, and protective clothing and headgear are required.
What career opportunities are there?
As a plasterer, you could work as a specialist plastering firms, building contractors, local authorities and other public organisations. You might choose to work self employed or as a sub contractor. You could even be given the opportunity to work abroad or to progress to managerial roles.