Plastering Apprenticeship Level 2

Multi Trades Training

Plastering Apprenticeship

Plastering Apprenticeship (Level 2)

At Multi Trades Training we offer on-site plastering apprenticeship level 2 training available in the South East and Midlands area of the United Kingdom.



Typical Duration to Gateway:

36 months (this does not include EPA period)



Are you a company looking to employ an apprentice or an individual looking for an on-site apprenticeship training provider?

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What You’ll Learn


Health and safety: Current regulations and legislations, safe working codes of practise and health and safety hazards to abide by; including asbestos awareness and correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Customer service: The principles of high quality customer service, being able to establish the needs of others (colleagues, customers and other stakeholders). How to respect the working environment including customers’ properties, effects on other trades and the project.

Communication: The various communication methods, you will learn how to correspond in a clear, articulate and appropriate way. Including how to adapt your communication style to different situations and how to interpret and use drawings and specifications.

Buildings: Building styles from various eras, types of construction processes, insulation considerations, facilities, fire protection. You will also learn the importance of thermal/insulation to buildings, damp proofing/tanking, renovation and restoration.

– The various types of conventional and modern-day materials and how to move, handle and store them.
– Determining their uses and characteristics, e.g. types, condition, strength and compatibility.
– Taking into consideration the cost and environmental impact e.g. surface water management and recycling, chemical damp proofing installation, moisture effects and damage.

Considerations before completing plastering work:
– U-vales
– Insulation
– Impact
– Fire proofing around steel work

Dry lining:
– Materials
– Methods
– Finishes

Application methods: various types of mortars and finishes. This includes heritage and how to re-instate plastering systems post chemical damp-proof injection.

Application methods for different types of render systems: includes colour rendering; run in situ moulding work in sand and cement.

How to fix:
– Ancillary works including beads
– Trims
– How to use additives to form a mechanical key

How to produce reverse moulds:
– Cornices
– Arches
– Columns
– Pilasters
– Corbels ceiling centre and beam case

How to cast from reverse moulds: in fibrous plaster, GRG (glass fibre reinforced gypsum) and GRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete)

How to fix a range of cast mouldings:
– Enriched cornice
– Arches
– Columns
– Pilasters
– Corbels
– Ceiling centre
– Beam casing

How to restore existing mouldings: Take squeezes of different types of mouldings using plaster, clay and silicone rubber to reproduce mouldings to match the original.

Plastering Skills

– Identifying and preparing surfaces for plastering
– Regulating quantities and ratios of materials
– Move, handle and store materials

Working environment:
– Able to select appropriate tools, equipment, materials and components.
– Understand and use drawings and specifications including BIM/CAD
– Maintain a clean working area

Fixing and jointing plasterboard:
– Construct metal framed partitions
– Wall linings and openings in preparation for boarding
– Mechanically install plasterboard to timber and lightweight metal framing
– Direct bond plasterboard to masonry
– Use hand and machine applied tape and jointing systems.

Plastering: Apply solid plastering systems using one and two coat plastering to internal surfaces.

In-situ moulds:
– Construct running moulds to match existing moulding design
– Set up running rules and plaster screeds
– Run in-situ moulding work including coring out using bracketing on solid backgrounds
– Assemble benches
– Run short breaks and form stop ends
– Make internal and external mitres and returned ends

Running moulds:
– Build positive or negative running moulds
– Set down running rules appropriately
– Run reverse moulds and prepare for casting
– Run panel moulds
– Take casts from reverse moulds

Repairing existing plaster: Renovate and repair internal and external effected surfaces back to original condition.

Install cast mouldings: Install cornice mouldings including forming internal and external mitred angles.

– Apply three coat plastering; heritage lime mortars and finishes, and machine applied plaster
– Sealings and bonding agents
– Re-instate plastering systems after chemical damp proof injection

Rendering: Applying traditional, modern and machine applied render systems including colour rendering; run in situ moulding work in sand and cement.

Ancillary works: Fix beads and trims, use additives and form mechanical keys as required, mechanically fix EML, rib lath and timber lath.

Reverse moulds: Produce reverse moulds (e.g. enriched cornices, arches, columns, pilasters, corbels ceiling centre and beam case).

– Cast from reverse moulds in fibrous plaster, GRG and GRC (glass fibre reinforced cement)
– Fixing & installing cast mouldings (e.g. enriched cornice, arches, columns, pilasters, corbels, ceiling centre and beam casing)

Restoration of existing mouldings:
– Take squeezes of types of mouldings using plaster, clay and silicone rubber to copy mouldings to match the original
– Make and install mouldings for the repair of existing mouldings


Positive and mature attitude:
– Ensuring you’re hard-working, punctual, eager, reliable and professional including your appearance
– Taking accountability for personal judgements and actions
– Be aware of the limits of personal ability
– Drive and energy when completing requirements of the role e.g. Meeting deadlines and being proactive not reactive
– Honesty and integrity; developing the trust of customers, colleagues and undertaking responsibilities in an upright and empathetic manner
– Awareness of equality and diversity

Quality focused:
– Reliability, productivity, efficiency and quality focussed in work and in personal standards to current industrial standards
– Respect for other trades, e.g. plastering a wall leaving pipes and wires ready for other trades to work on
– Provide protection to areas to avoid any damage

Effective communication:
– Oral, written, body language and presentation
– Work well with all types of people regardless of their characteristics; including colleagues, clients, architects, contract managers, other trades.

Self-motivated learner:
– Identify your personal development needs and take action to meet them.
– Keeping up-to-date with best practice and new technology.
– Show initiative to independently complete work and solve problems by seeking out critical information.

How Our Plastering Apprenticeship Works

  • We deliver on-site construction trades training apprenticeships throughout the South East and Midlands
  • You will not need to attend college when undertaking apprenticeship training with Multi Trades Training, How? all assessments are on-site with our mobile training workshop and online theory lessons, this saves the apprentice a days pay a week and the employer better staff availability
  • Our training can be tailored to the company or individuals needs, we believe that this approach is the best for both individuals
  • We can help you from start to finish e.g. writing a contract or sourcing funding. Our friendly and experienced team are always on hand to help you

What to Expect From Multi Trades Training

  • New flexible and innovative apprenticeship delivery
  • Deliver apprenticeships with the minimum amount of administration, form filling and fuss
  • Support where and when you need it
  • Electronic enrolment
  • Electronic contracts
  • Digital Apprenticeship Service manager
  • The whole apprenticeship training can be completed from your place of work

Plastering Apprenticeship Not What You’re Looking For?

We offer a range of on-site construction apprenticeships from carpentry, bricklaying, formwork, painting and decorating, groundwork, kitchen fitting, plastering, bench joinery, plant operating, fencing, cabinet making and interior systems whether you’re an employer or individual click here to view all of our apprenticeships.

We also offer fully online NVQs from bathroom and kitchen fitting, groundwork, painting and decorating, bench joinery 2 and 3, site supervisor, dry lining finishing, fixing and boarding, brickwork 2 and 3 and formwork.