Plastering (Construction) Foundation Apprenticeship

Programme Description



This pathway provides a nationally agreed Plastering foundation apprenticeship framework for a work based learning route into employment within the construction industry, using qualifications that combine both practical skills and knowledge.

Learners completing a Plastering foundation apprenticeship will undertake work in areas such as:

Applying plastering materials to interiors, laying sand and cement screeds, fixing plasterboards and producing reverse moulds.


Programme Features



As an apprentice you will be allocated a training advisor who will oversee and support you through your journey on this framework, working closely both with your employer and tutors at college. You will be expected to attend college one day/week for underpinning knowledge, and assessment will also take place in college or workplace on a regular basis. This course is both theory and practical based.

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction) includes:

  • Health and Safety in the construction industry
  • Confirming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Applying finishing plaster to prepared surfaces in the workplace
  • Applying solid render to background surfaces and producing finishes in the workplace
  • Producing internal solid plastering finishes in the workplace
  • Laying screed floors in the workplace
  • Producing fibrous plaster components in the workplace
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace

Progression & Employment



Progression from this framework would be onto a level 3 plastering apprenticeship programme. 


Programme Content



This pathway will develop your skills for employment as a Plasterer at foundation level. Upon successful completion of this programme, Apprentices will achieve the following -

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction)

Level 2 Diploma in Plastering

Essential Skills Qualification in Communication and Application of Number at level 1

Employer Rights and Responsibilities


Programme Assessment



A variety of assessment methods are used which include written knowledge questions, online and practical skills tests.

Units are assessed by an NVQ portfolio and/or practically in the work place through the observation of working practices. Written and on line tests for the theory knowledge of NVQ and diploma qualifications will also be undertaken within the college.


Programme Entry Requirements



Although there are no formal entry requirements, students will need to have a good level of numeracy and literacy skills. Applicants should have an interest in the chosen craft and evidence of practical ability would be an advantage. In addition apprentices;

  • Must be employed status
  • Must be over 16 years of age
  • Attend a formal interview. You may be required to undertake a practical skills test as part of the interview process.
  • Undertake a diagnostic test on literacy and numeracy skills.