What's involved - View Plasterer Matthew's video

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 also have to be able to work quickly, accurately and as part of a team.

Qualifications required

There are no formal requirements although it would help to have GCSE's in English or Welsh and Maths at A*-C (Applications from students with the Foundation or Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate are also welcomed).

Salary ranges

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

£21,000 - £29,500

Progression routes

There are a wide range of opportunities for plasterer apprentices to have a structured career path in both new builds and refurbishments.

This apprenticeship will enable progression to:

  • Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Plastering

After gaining work experience area there are opportunities to progress into occupational work supervision, management or technical support areas.

Find out what a real apprentice thinks:


Which company do you work for?

I work for Frank Haslam Milan. They're a construction company with offices around the UK. They do refurbishments and new builds.

Why did you choose this career?

At the age of 16 I didn't have the mentality to want to succeed in life. So I got to the age of 18 and realised that I couldn't carry on being a bum so I took myself down to Connexions where I applied for a job which was my apprenticeship in Plastering. I got it! Getting my job was amazing!

What do you do day-to-day?

The skills that I've gained whilst doing my apprenticeship are general plastering skills and the confidence to be able to work in a professional environment.

What's the coolest thing you've done so far?

The coolest thing and the thing I'm most proud of in my apprenticeship is the more complex work, that is, working in situ which is more artistic. I enjoy that.

What are the good bits about your job?

The main thing I like is that it's practical, it's artistic and it's also enjoyable.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years time I see myself gaining lots more subject of study and I'll be running my own business.