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Plasterer - Intermediate Apprenticeship

Summary

Solid plastering involves applying a range of plastering systems on to different background surfaces using traditional and modern materials. Background surfaces include solid plain walls, walls with openings and returns, ceiling joists and partitions and beams and piers that are attached or independent of walls.   As a solid plasterer you would mainly be installing products on site.  At the end of the apprenticeship you will be able to preparing solid backgrounds by hand and mechanical means and install 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. A plasterer is a tradesperson who works with plaster, such as forming a layer of plaster on an interior wall or plaster decorative mouldings on ceilings or walls. The process of creating plasterwork, called plastering, has been used in building construction for centuries and comes under the construction sector and / or the skilled trades occupations sector.  Occupation summary This occupation is found in both the new build and refurbishment construction sector which is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people and contributing 6.4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Not only that, the construction industry is central to delivering the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure our society demands. A career in the construction industry is like no other. Plastering is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector and refurbishment sectors. The Government has a target to build significantly more new homes over the coming years and therefore the demand for plasterers has never been higher. 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. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for: Solid plastering Solid plastering involves applying a range of plastering systems on to different background surfaces using traditional and modern materials. Background surfaces include solid plain walls, walls with openings and returns, ceiling joists and partitions and beams and piers that are attached or independent of walls. Solid plastering work 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. As a solid plasterer you would mainly be installing products on site. Fibrous plastering Fibrous plastering involves creating plaster components with either a modern contemporary design or with an ornamental enrichment to 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.       ,

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration / Fees
01 Sep 2023
Bispham Campus
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01 Jan 2024
Bispham Campus
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01 Apr 2024
Bispham Campus
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01 Aug 2024
Bispham Campus
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Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Career Options and Progression 

Key information

Entry Requirements

English and Maths:
Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Please note: Where wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a mandatory requirement of the course, it is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that they are able to wear such equipment. Further information can be obtained at the IAG session which all applicants are invited to or by calling Course Enquiries on 01253 504343.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

All construction apprentices are required to adhere to Health & Safety when in the workshops, PPE must be worn at all times.
You will need to speak to your employer around any protective clothing you may need to buy, or whether it is provided by them, including items such as 

Safety boots 
Safety helmet 
Hi-vis vest 
Work trousers 
Safety glasses 
Gloves 

All of the above items can be purchased from local suppliers for a total cost of £45. 

You will also need to be prepared in all your sessions with paper, pens and a folder to keep all your revision and notes that you take during lessons. 

Terms and Conditions

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What will I learn?

Learning and Teaching Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

Practical tasks
You will be observed in your normal working environment, performing your job role.   (This can form part of the showcase portfolio). 
Observation(s) need to be carefully planned to ensure adequate opportunity to cover assessment criteria & will be planned in advance by Skills Coach. To achieve, the observation(s) will recognise competence in achieving objectives on time and to standard in relation to pass/distinction criteria. 

Knowledge 
There is a large proportion of formative assessment to ensure apprentices are safe to work and have demonstrated the application of knowledge and the skills in the workplace of knowledge and the skills in the workplace under working conditions before being able to access the end point assessment.  

Skills assessments 
Over the course of programme delivery, professional discussion is used holistically to assess recall, depth of understanding and application of knowledge skills and behaviours in the workplace.  Apprentices must demonstrate competence against all of the assessment criteria – as in synoptic EPA assessment.  
Recordings from PD may form part of the showcase portfolio to demonstrate what was done, how and why it was successful and any reflections from the apprentice to demonstrate lessons learned etc.

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