An apprenticeship takes at least 12 months to complete, and can take up to two years. After successfully completing an apprenticeship you will have achieved:
- Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
- Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
- Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
- Producing Internal Solid Plastering Finishes in the Workplace
- Producing External Solid Render Finishes in the Workplace
- Applying Finishing Plaster to Background Surfaces in the Workplace
- Installing Direct Bond Dry Linings in the Workplace
- Laying Sand and Cement Screeds to Levels and/or Falls in the Workplace
- Applying Projection Plaster and Maintaining Equipment in the Workplace
- Installing Mechanically Fixed Plasterboard in the Workplace
- Producing Cement Castings in the Workplace
The national minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.40 per hour for 16 to 18 year olds (and over 19s during the first year). However, we encourage our employers to pay more than this.
You get paid for a full weeks’ work, which includes any day release for training if applicable, plus a minimum of 20 days’ holiday pay.
No formal qualifications are required to become an apprentice, all you need is the enthusiasm and work ethic to succeed.
As part of your apprenticeship you will be required to attend College for one day per week and four days on site with the employer. An assessor will regularly visit and monitor your progress throughout your apprenticeship.
Much of your training will be practical although part of it is knowledge and theory based.