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Up to £19,000

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Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers

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Moulders, core makers and die casters

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Why Plastering?

This apprenticeship is ideal for anyone who is thinking of working within the construction industry as a Plasterer. It covers a broad range of skills which are put to use on a range of sites, from large building sites to private houses. You develop a range of plastering skills including preparing surfaces for plaster, and working with fibrous plaster to create solid internal and external finishes.

Qualification and Level

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) or Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Plastering.

Most candidates start on an Intermediate Apprenticeship and progress to the Advanced Level although the level may be determined by the role in the workplace and previous qualifications.

What will be studied?

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering

Mandatory Units:

  • Conforming to general health, safety & welfare
  • Conforming to productive working practices
  • Moving, handling & storing resources
  • Applying finishing plaster to background surfaces
  • Producing internal solid plastering finishes
  • Install direct bond dry linings
  • Laying sand & cement screeds to levels and/or falls
  • Applying projection plaster and maintaining equipment
  • Installing mechanical fixed plasterboard

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering

Mandatory Units:

  • Conforming to general health, safety & welfare
  • Confirming the occupational method of work
  • Confirming work activities & resources for an occupational work area
  • Produce complex internal solid plastering finishes
  • Produce complex external solid plastering finishes
  • running in-situ mouldings

Additional Study

  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities

Are there any entry criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. In addition for an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you will have a minimum of 3 GCSE’s at Grade D or above to include English and Maths. The Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) must be completed prior to starting on the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).

Method of Delivery

Apprentices attend College on day release and work for their employer the rest of the time.

How is the qualification assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests.

The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through on-line tests.


The Intermediate Apprenticeship takes two years to complete.

The Advanced Apprenticeship takes one year to complete.

What next?

Many learners progress from Apprenticeship to Advanced Apprenticeship. There is then the opportunity to progress to higher-level courses such as the National Certificate or National Diploma in Construction.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED in Dec 2013, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York College Business Development Unit:- Tel: 01904 770368 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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