Are you are a homeowner looking to save money on a DIY plastering project, or an experienced tradesman looking to extend your skills?
This five-week introduction is ideal for those who do not have the time or money to work towards a qualification but wish to learn the key principles of plastering without the burden of exams.
You will be taught by plastering specialists who will provide in-time demonstrations and specialist tips on how to get started.
All adults are welcome, aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements for this experience - you just need a keen interest in home DIY and saving money!
Working within a warm and relaxed group environment, we will cover everything from the importance of health and safety to the correct use of materials and tools for application and finishing.
You will explore a variety of plastering activities, such as:
- Fixing plasterboard to stud work
- Professional flat skimming techniques for walls and ceilings
- Dry lining with plasterboard and adhesive
- Re-skimming techniques
- Feather-in for patch repairs
There are no assessment criteria - just observe, have a go and enjoy!
All materials will be included in the cost you pay.
Please note that you are likely to get messy, so consider wearing appropriate clothing. You will be working within a practical environment so safety shoes must be worn in the workshop at all times.
You could consider studying:
• Wallpapering Skills for Beginners
• An Introduction to Plastering
• An Introduction to Furniture Restoration
• DIY Home Skills for Beginners
Kieran Dixon jumped at the chance to learn a range of trades when he landed a maintenance apprenticeship through Derby College. Seventeen-year-old Kieran was one of two teenagers chosen after Ilkeston-based Belfield Furnishings gave a presentation to students at the college’s campus in the town. Now he was switched from his Level 2 Diploma in Plastering to work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance. Kieran praised the college’s teaching staff, saying they make the course fun and show you “what it’s like in the real world.” He studies one day a week in college and works with Belfield on the other four. Richard Newby, HSE and maintenance manager at Belfield, said he received a number of good applications and he was able to take on two candidates. He said: “The two lads only started earlier this month, but we’re pleased with their application and work. Our aim is to invest time and training so our apprentices gain the skills they need to be part of the team for the long haul.”
I was attracted by the fact that the job and the course together give you the chance to learn all the different trades. Hopefully I can get qualified and go onto Level 3 Maintenance. The apprenticeship opens more doors, you can learn to drive for instance.