What's involved

Plasterers mix and apply plaster onto internal walls and ceilings to create a surface that is ready for decorating.

Most people know about that part of a plasterer's work, which is called solid plastering, but that is by no means all that they do. 

There is also fibrous plastering, which involves making ornamental plasterwork in a workshop or on site. This is the kind of thing you see on the ceilings of decorative buildings.

A plasterer is an expert at using the specialist tools of their trade and has a good knowledge of how to work safely.

Skills required

You'll need good practical and creative skills, especially for fibrous plastering and other decorative work. You'll also need to be able to work quickly and accurately and also work well as part of a team.

Qualifications required

There are no formal requirements although it would help to have Maths and English Standard Grades.

Salary ranges

(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and experienced person might expect to get.)

£17,000 - £28,000

Progression routes

There are a wide range of opportunities for plastering apprentices to have a structured career path in both new builds and refurbishments. This apprenticeship will enable progression to:

PDA Construction Crafts (SCQF Level 7)

If you then decide to progress into supervisory, design or management roles there are opportunities to study for:

  • Technical, supervisory and  management SVQ qualifications (SCQF Levels 8,9,11)
  • HNC Construction or a number of other built environment HNC/HND qualifications (SCQF Levels 7 or 8)
  • Degree level qualifications in a number of construction disciplines (SCQF Levels 9 to 12)

Find out more about this role from an apprentice's point of view