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Plasterers

Plasterers apply plaster and cement mixtures to walls and ceilings, fix fibrous sheets and cast and fix ornamental plasterwork to the interior or exterior of buildings.

Tasks

  • Mixes, or directs the mixing of, plaster to desired consistency
  • Applies and smoothes one or more coats of plaster and produces a finished surface, using hand tools or mechanical spray
  • Pours liquid plaster into mould to cast ornamental plaster work
  • Measures, cuts, installs and secures plaster board and/or ornamental plasterwork to walls and ceilings
  • Covers and seals joints between boards and finishes surface
  • Checks surface level using line, spirit level and straight edge.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills leading to an NVQ/SVQ in General Construction at Level 3.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £24,000 per annum and can progress up to £31,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,301 employed Plasterers in the region.

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