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Plasterer

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A plasterer mixes and applies plaster or cement to walls, ceilings and floors. There are two kinds of plasterer. A solid plasterer applies smooth wet finishes. A fibrous plasterer produces ornamental shapes from moulds for cornices, centre roses and panelling.

The Work

As a fibrous plasterer you could be:

As a solid plasterer you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

There is a minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. As of June 2018 the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) rates for a 4-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £177.45
Year 2 – £230.10
Year 3 – £305.37
Year 4 – £370.50.

Please note these rates may vary if the Apprentice is 21 years old or over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship. National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will apply.

Qualified plasterers can earn between £12.00 and £17.00 an hour, or more. Overtime and shift allowances will increase earnings.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Look for vacancies with building contractors or local authorities. Fibrous plasterers usually work for firms specialising in ornamental work.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1590
1.6 %
RISE
2023
1616
  United Kingdom
2018
17727
2.1 %
RISE
2023
18095

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
E-mail: scotland.apprenticeships@citb.co.uk
Website: http://www.citb.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive
Twitter: @CITB_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citb.uk/

CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website (bconstructive.co.uk) provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC)
Tel: 0131 556 8866
E-mail: registrar@sbatc.co.uk
Website: http://www.sbatc.co.uk

Worshipful Company of Plaisterers
Tel: 020 7796 4333
E-mail: clerk@plaistererslivery.co.uk
Website: http://plaistererslivery.co.uk
Twitter: @Plaisterers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Plaisterers?fref=ts

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