Dryliners, or dryline fixers, put up internal walls in buildings using plasterboard sheets (drylining) and metal stud partitioning. They are used to divide large areas into smaller spaces, to cover up pipes and electrical cables and provide insulation and sound proofing.
You could be:
measuring and cutting plasterboard (dry lining) to the right shapes and angles
fixing the boards to timber or metal frames using special studs (metal stud partitioning)
cutting holes in the plasterboard for doors, light switches and power points
installing moveable wall partitions, suspended ceilings or raised flooring
finishing the partitions, by sealing off the joints using adhesive or filler
taping over the seals either by hand or using a machine (see Ames Taper job profile)
spreading a thin layer of plaster over the sealed board (called skimming)
sanding down the surface for a smooth finish, ready for decoration.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
As of June 2023 the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) recommends the following rates for a 2-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:
Year 1 – £237.46 (£6.09 an hour)
Year 2 – £316.02 (£8.10 an hour).
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.
With experience you could earn up to £19.00 an hour. Overtime and shift allowances can increase earnings.
You would work indoors at the construction sites of offices, shops or houses. The on site locations might be dusty and noisy.
You will have to travel to the sites, transporting materials.
You might have to spend periods away from home.
You usually work a 39-hour week, sometimes with overtime.
You will wear protective gear: safety helmets, footwear, goggles and ear protectors.
You will have to lift and position large and heavy boards into place.
If working with suspended ceilings, you might need to work at heights from cradles or ladders.
If self-employed, you would need your own tools including lasers, impact drills and hammer drills.
Work is often on a contract basis, for a few weeks or months at a time.