Ames Taper

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Ames tapers stick tape to the surfaces of walls and ceilings. This seals the joints between sheets of plasterboard or wallboard, leaving a seamless finish ready for decoration. Ames tapers are sometimes called drywall or dryline finishers.

The Work

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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 September 2017 the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) rates for a 2-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £165.75
Year 2 – £224.25.

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.

A fully qualified and experienced ames taper can earn between £11.00 and £16.00 an hour.


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Getting In

You could apply for a job with construction companies, small building firms, local authorities or housing associations.

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
Website (2):
Twitter: @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 ( provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS)
Tel: 0121 707 0077
Twitter: @fisorg

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC)
Tel: 0131 556 8866

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