This apprenticeship is ideal for those who have an interest in the plastering occupation but no formal training. Plastering is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector and refurbishment sectors. 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 plasterwork after undertaking the core learning (which includes introductory elements of both solid and fibrous plastering).
An apprenticeship is essentially a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. This Level 2 Intermediate Plastering Apprenticeship will be flexible and hands-on. As well as varied technical abilities, apprentices will develop the functional and personal skills required for the job.
Apprentices must have access to real work which is valid and productive, providing opportunities to develop, practice and evidence knowledge and skills that have been learned. The employer is expected to provide and support the opportunity for off-the-job training for a minimum 20% of the apprentices working time. Defined as technical and knowledge development, this type of learning is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment. It can include activities, such as online learning, mentoring, role play, attendance to competitions and events, or revision and assignments set as homework. This off-the-job training supports and strengthens the day to day work undertaken and is an essential part of the apprenticeship.