Where will this course lead?

This course is ideal for you if you wish to become a Plasterer and are new to the construction industry, or if you are currently working in an associated role, that provides assistance to qualified professionals. The apprenticeship is perfect for demonstrating your competence, because it is a measure of your ability to carry out a range of plastering skills, to criteria that has been set by the industry. The qualification is nationally recognised by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), which will enable you to gain the CSCS Blue Card.

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 stable, but also makes them more aesthetically pleasing. In addition to their knowledge and skills to plaster, Plasterers must know how to complete dry lining projects, as these will be requested during their career.

This apprenticeship standard is for a Plasterer that will specialise in either solid or fibrous plaster work, after undertaking the core learning that includes introductory elements of both.

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 and are 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. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for…

Solid plastering: Involves applying a range of plastering onto different background surfaces on-site, using traditional and modern materials. Background surfaces include: solid plain walls, walls with openings and returns, ceiling joists, partitions, beams and piers, which are attached or independent from walls. Solid plastering includes preparing solid backgrounds

by hand and mechanical means and installing sheet materials, such as: expanded metal lath/rib lath, standard angle beads, skim beads, stop beads, expansion beads and reinforcements, for the application of one, two or three coat plastering or rendering systems.

Fibrous plastering: Involves creating plaster components with either a modern contemporary design, or an ornamental enrichment for a classical design. These components could include: lighting troughs, beam and column casings, ceiling roses, complete ceilings, cornices, panel mouldings and many others. They are produced using plaster that is reinforced with hessian canvas and timber laths (fibrous), or artificial fibres (glass fibre reinforced gypsum). As a fibrous plasterer, you would produce work in a workshop in addition to installing products on site. You will find fibrous work in traditional and modern buildings and sometimes in the film industry.

What will I study?

You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out within the apprenticeship standard, which will include the following subjects…

· Identify and confirm plastering requirements and components against a survey/job sheet/specification/drawing/CAD/BIM

· Locate, handle, store, load, transport and position plastering materials and components safely, minimising damage

· Prepare background substrates for plastering, dry lining and rendering

· Apply sealers and bonding agents to ensure plaster and render adhesion

· Identify and select appropriate plastering materials

· For internal plastering, cut and fix a range of standard and thin coat beads/trims to form true surfaces, such as corners/returns for openings

· For external rendering, fix and form stops/expansion joints and bell casts to form drips for weathering

· Mix plasters and rendering materials including additives and reinforcements, for a workable consistency

· Cut, fix and install metal framed partitions, wall linings and openings

· Cut and fix plasterboard mechanically and by direct bond, in accordance with drawing and specifications

· Finish plasterboard surfaces by tape and joint or finishing plasters

· Apply one and two coat plastering systems to plain and window walls and ceiling, protecting the work area

· Apply and finish a range of rendering systems to external elevations

· Clear away leftover materials on completion of projects and dispose of waste appropriately, according to the appropriate code of practice

· Communicate professionally with colleagues, customer and stakeholders

· Repair existing plasterwork and restore it to its original state

· Construct and install running and cast moulds

How will this course be delivered?

You will receive comprehensive training at work and attend college on a day-release basis. From the beginning of your course, your college-appointed

assessor coach will prepare you for the End Point Assessment (EPA), by building a portfolio of evidence with you. The assessor coach will visit you in the workplace at regular intervals and support you with your on-programme progression. Within theory classes you will have knowledge assessments and within skills workshops, you will undergo practical skills assessments, which will all go into your portfolio of evidence and prepare you for your final EPA.

This will give you the opportunity to do real work, developing work-based skills that employers' value and helping you to progress in your chosen career.

What qualifications will I get?

· Level 2 Plasterer Apprenticeship Standard

· Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)

How will I be assessed?

Knowledge and learning outcomes will be assessed via externally set 'on-screen' assessments, along with a range of assignments, projects and written assessments, covering theory and practical skills.

Workplace skills will be assessed in the workplace and the apprentice will complete a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates their ability against set assessment criteria.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website:


If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. If you need help with completing your application and at interview, we can provide support:


What are the entry requirements?

To secure a place of study on the Level 2 Plasterer programme, the minimum entry requirements are as follows:

· English GCSE Grade 2/E, Level 1 Functional Skills, or equivalent

· Mathematics GCSE Grade 2/E, Level 1 Functional Skills, or equivalent

· Demonstrate a passion for construction industry

· Be at least 16 years of age

You must also be employed in a relevant field (as indicated above) for a minimum of 30 hours per week

What else do I need to know?

There are no direct additional costs for this course, but you may want to purchase some text books for further reading. A suggested reading list will be supplied at the beginning of your course; however, we also have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use too. You will be expected to supply your own stationery, such as folders, pens and paper. A scientific calculator is required and a set of mathematical instruments, including a protractor and compass. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at College to do this if necessary.

Please note that employers are responsible for providing, replacing and paying for the apprentice's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which is required for training in our workshop environments.

Please contact the Employer Services Team for more information regarding funding and costs: apprenticeships@solihull.ac.uk

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can:

· Continue your employment in the industry


· Progress onto higher level qualifications through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Team Leader, or Operations Manager.



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