Plastering at Derby College

A career in construction gives you the chance to improve the world we live in. You’ll be involved in designing, planning, maintaining, repairing and building our houses, transport systems, hospitals, factories and shops.

Did you know we also offer options in Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical, Plastering, Plumbing and Professional Construction?

Is this you?

  • Interested in design and technology
  • Good at paying attention to detail
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Work well in a team
  • Good practical skills
  • Want to work in an industry that is always changing and moving forward

Getting into Plastering

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  • Full time at CollegeThere is a wide range of full-time Construction courses offered at Derby College, preparing you for jobs in wood occupations, painting and decorating, plastering, trowel occupations, plumbing and electrical installation.
  • ApprenticeshipsThese are available with Derby College in many crafts such as brickwork, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, electrical installation and plumbing. For some apprenticeships, you will need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher education To do some jobs in the construction industry, such as architect, civil engineer or quantity surveyor, you will need a degree, foundation degree or HND. You can study full time at university or part time alongside a job. Derby College itself offers a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment as well as a Foundation Degree in Construction Management.
  • Jobs You could take an unskilled job, for example as a labourer, as a step into construction work and do more ‘on the job’ training in the future.

Why Choose Derby College?

  • Our courses combine hands-on training, the highest industry standards and employability skills to give you a real head start in your career.
  • We provide superb purpose-built facilities with generous space for practical construction work at both our Derby and Ilkeston campuses.
  • Our expert staff have vast experience as well as great contacts across the industry.
  • You can showcase your skills through high-profile competitions, community initiatives and ‘real-world’ projects set by employers. You could even go abroad on a work experience exchange.

Build a brighter future in one of the UK’s largest industries. At Derby College, you’ll become a ‘work-ready’ construction professional, equipped with all the skills that employers need for today and tomorrow.

Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

You might also be interested in ...

When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Engineering, ICT and Motor Vehicle Engineering are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

Maths & English

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Brad Peters

Brad Peters

Plastering apprenticeship with Horbury and Derby College is brilliant, says Brad

Young plasterer Brad Peters loves his apprenticeship with Horbury Building Systems and is looking forward to getting a trade under his belt.

Brad, who is 16 and studying for his level 2 plastering qualification via Derby College, has described both his job and his college course as “brilliant.”

Now just over six months into his apprenticeship, he is gaining valuable on the job experience alongside Horbury plasterer Paul Coward on a range of commercial contracts.

Like with anything there are some jobs I like more than others. Of course scraping and preparation has to be done first, which no one likes much, but I really enjoy the plastering part. It's quite a skill and involves a lot of attention to detail. I'm also enjoying going to Derby College on day release. The facilities there are great and all the teaching staff are very helpful.

 

 

Did you Know?

  • Construction is one of the UK’s most dynamic sectors, employing an estimated 2.9 million people – around 10% of all jobs
  • For every £1 invested in construction, £2.84 is generated for the wider economy
  • 42% of construction firms are experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff with the right skills
  • Construction contributes nearly £90 billion to the UK economy, 6.7% of the total
  • 13.5% of people in the industry are women
 

Recent Vacancies

Painter and decorator
£18,000 per year.
Enhancing homes

Carpenter
£18,000 per year.
Constructing and repairing

Bricklayer
£24,000 per year
Working on house extensions

Electrician
£25,000 per year.
Repairing plant and machinery

Construction project manager
£31,500 per year.
Overseeing major schemes

Quantity Surveyor
£40,000 per year.
Advising on financial and contractual matters

 

Site Information

Roundhouse

Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus (including Johnson and Hudson Buildings) and our Ilkeston campus.

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Useful Websites

www.citb.co.uk/en-GB/Careers-in-Construction
For information on a wide range of construction careers and the skills and qualifications needed

www.bconstructive.co.uk
For young people interested in a career in construction

https://www.goconstruct.org
Explore different roles and aspects of working in construction.

 

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