Plasterer – Apprenticeship (Standard)
Plastering is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector and refurbishment sectors. You will learn about the different types of plaster and how to how to professionally apply plaster to walls, floors and ceilings to make buildings more robust and more aesthetic.
During this apprenticeship, you will be required to learn the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:
– Health and safety: Health and safety hazards, current regulations and legislation. Codes of practice.
– Customer service: The principles of high quality customer service. Respect the working environment.
– Communication: How to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner. How to interpret and use drawings and specifications.
– Buildings: Different eras, types of construction methods, insulation considerations, facilities, fire protection. The importance of thermal/insulation to buildings, damp proofing/tanking, renovation and restoration.
– Materials: Types of traditional and modern materials; moving, handling and storage of them; their uses and characteristics. Cost awareness and environmental considerations/waste awareness. Chemical damp proofing installation, moisture effects and damage.
– Considerations before completing plastering work.
– Dry lining: materials, methods, and finishes.
– Application methods for different types of mortars, finishes and render systems.
– How to fix ancillary works.
– How to produce reverse moulds.
– How to cast from reverse moulds.
– How to fix a range of cast mouldings.
– Materials: Identify and prepare surfaces for plastering. Determine quantities and ratios of materials.
– Safe Working: Adhere to relevant health and safety legislation and codes of practice.
– Working environment: Select appropriate tools, equipment, materials and components. Interpret and use drawings and specifications.
– Fixing and jointing plasterboard: Construct metal framed partitions, wall linings and openings in preparation for boarding. Mechanically install plasterboard to timber and lightweight metal framing. Direct bond plasterboard to masonry.
– Plastering: Apply solid plastering systems using one and two coat plastering to internal surfaces.
– In-situ moulds: Construct running moulds to match existing moulding design.
– Running moulds: Construct positive or negative running moulds.
– Repairing existing plaster: Renovate and restore internal and external effected surfaces back to original state.
– Install cast mouldings: Install cornice mouldings including forming internal and external mitred angles.
– Plastering: Apply three coat plastering, including heritage lime mortars and finishes, and machine applied plaster; sealings and bonding agents, re-instate plastering systems after chemical damp proof injection.
– Rendering: Apply traditional, modern and machine applied render systems including colour rendering; run in situ moulding work in sand and cement.
– Ancillary works: Fix beads and trims, use additives and form mechanical keys.
– Reverse moulds: Produce reverse moulds.
– Casting: Cast from reverse moulds in fibrous plaster, GRG and GRC.
– Restoration of existing mouldings: produce and install mouldings for the repair of existing mouldings.
– Positive and mature attitude: Conscientious, punctual, enthusiastic, reliable and professional including appearance.
– Quality focused: Be reliable, productive, efficient and quality focussed. Awareness and consideration of other trades.
– Effective communication: Oral, written, body language and presentation.
– Self-motivated learner: Identify personal development needs and take action to meet those needs.
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You will be required to complete an end-point assessment, consisting of a knowledge test, a skills test, and oral questioning underpinned by a portfolio of work.
If you have not yet achieved Level 2 English and maths, you must achieve this prior to taking your end-point assessment.
Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you could progress into the workplace or to a Level 3 programme within the Architecture and Construction field.
Facilities and resources
As an apprentice, you will have full access to the college facilities.
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We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.