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Plastering (Beginner) - Level 1


Are you passionate about a hands-on career in plastering? Our beginner's course is specifically designed for those who aspire to excel in this field. This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and behaviors necessary to progress into further study, apprenticeships, or full-time employment.

The plastering industry offers a wide range of opportunities, working with various materials such as mortar, cement, and plasterboard finish plaster. There are also potential progression paths leading to senior roles such as site supervisor or construction manager.

Throughout the course, we will deliver a comprehensive blend of theory and practical sessions to ensure a well-rounded understanding of plastering. You'll have the chance to engage in extensive enrichment activities, including industry and community-based projects, as well as exciting trips and visits.

Thanks to our strong connections with local businesses, we provide valuable work-based projects that offer firsthand experience of industry expectations. Our partnerships with esteemed industry employers like Persimmon Homes, Wilmott Dixon, Mansfield District Council, and Bolsover Council will open doors to exciting work-related opportunities. These collaborations ensure that you develop the skills and expertise sought after by employers in the plastering industry.

Plasterers specialise in the art of plastering and rendering, which involves the application of various plasters containing materials such as multi-finish, bonding agents, lime, sand, cement, and water. Through this process, walls and ceilings are strengthened and protected from deterioration.

Our dedicated Plastering Academy, located within our state-of-the-art Construction Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, offers specialised training for students pursuing a career in construction. Equipped with top-notch facilities, our Plastering Academy provides the perfect setting for honing the specialist skills and techniques required in this trade, ensuring you're well-prepared for prospective employment opportunities.

Join us on this exciting journey into the world of plastering, and unlock your potential for a rewarding career in the construction industry.

Start dates and fees

  • Uniform and PPE must be purchased in advance.
  • Payment for CSCS card.
Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20242429A1032FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our fees for adult learners page for more information.

What will I study?

During the course, you will develop a range of skills;

  • Health and safety
  • Communication with others
  • Selection of correct tools and materials
  • Preparing backgrounds
  • Application of finish plasters
  • Application of render materials

You will be expected to study Functional Skills English and maths throughout your programme of study.

You will predominantly study via practical sessions although theory sessions will also be included. You will have the opportunity to participate in extensive enrichment activities, such as industry and community-based projects, as well as trips and visits.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 2, including English and maths
  • Or successful completion of the Introduction to Construction (Foundation) - Entry Level 3 course

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

One year.

How will I be assessed?

  • Practical assignments
  • Theory based project work.

What can I progress onto?

Progression opportunities will include our Level 2 Apprenticeship Transition Programme in Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery or Plastering, our Level 2 T-Level/BTEC Transition Course or a Level 2 Apprenticeship in your chosen trade.

Career opportunities

There isn't currently career information listed for this course.

How do I apply?

Apply online

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