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Job Description

Plasterers mix and paste plaster onto walls, floors and ceilings to prepare them for decoration. Plasterers are often self employed but can be sub-contracted to a larger construction firm and could work on housing developments, offices and in people's homes.

Plastering is a very skilled job and there is a high demand for good plasterers.

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.

Go Construct has more information on construction careers and qualifications.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Ceiling fixer
  • Construction labourer
  • Dry liner
  • Kitchen and bathroom fitter

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • You will need to have physical stamina
  • Good upper body strength as well as hand-eye co-ordination skills are required
  • You need to be generally practical
  • You need to be able to work to deadlines and be good at giving attention to detail

Starting Salary

£14,000 to £30,000

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