Plasterers prepare walls and ceilings for decoration and finishing.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements, but employers will look for some experience.
You can get this as a plasterer's assistant (mate) and train on the job. Another route in is to do a college course in plastering.
You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a building site and to improve your career prospects.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- to be able to work out surface area measurements and volumes of materials
- creative skills for fibrous plastering and other decorative work
3. What you'll do
You'll do repairs and restoration work on houses and on large commercial developments like schools, hospitals and hotels. You'll usually work for a specialist plastering firm, building contractor or local authority
You'll normally work in a team carrying out:
- solid plastering (applying wet finishes to surfaces and putting protective coverings like pebble-dash on outside walls)
- fibrous plastering (creating ornamental plasterwork like ceiling roses, cornices and architraves)
- dry lining (fixing internal plasterboard or wallboard partitions)
Starter: £14,000 to £18,000
Experienced: £18,000 to £25,000
Highly Experienced: £30,000
You may get overtime and shift work. Self-employed plasterers can negotiate their rates.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work about 39 hours a week, Monday to Friday.
If you're a 'solid' plasterer, you'd work both indoors and outdoors. This might be on existing buildings or on building sites. 'Fibrous' plasterers are usually based in a workshop.
You'd often work at height on platforms or scaffolding. For most jobs, you'll wear personal protective equipment like a hard hat, overalls, hi-vis jacket, safety glasses and safety footwear.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to supervisory jobs or move into related areas like tiling, estimating and site management.
You could become self-employed and work as a sub-contractor.
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Last updated: 11 April 2017
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