This programme will help you develop the skills required to enter a specific trade within the construction industry. You will gain the plastering skills needed for construction, giving you the opportunity to progress to higher levels.
As well as improving your practical abilities, you will develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, enhance your life skills and help with your future career progression.
Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications and practical aptitude. Following a successful interview and initial assessment results, students will be allocated a place to study the practical and theoretical elements of plastering. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.
Practical and theoretical tests will be delivered throughout the programme. Units will include safe working practices, communication skills, and basic plastering skills and techniques.
Assessment is via observation of practical work. You may be required to undertake real trade projects on which you will also be assessed. Your maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
You will need to supply your own safety footwear. A small charge may be made for other Personal Protective Equipment required to complete the course.
You can progress to a Level 2 Diploma in Plastering as a full-time learner. There is also the potential to enter an apprenticeship or employment in the construction industry. If you pursue further studies, you will continue to develop your literacy and numeracy skills.
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.