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“If you can work with your hands quickly and accurately, this job could be a good choice for you.”


As a plasterer, you would mix and apply different kinds of plaster to internal walls and ceilings so that they are ready for decorating. You could also cover outside walls with coatings, such as sand and cement render, pebble-dash, stone-effect materials and possibly machine applied finishings.

In this job you will need maths skills to work out how much plaster you need for the size of wall or job. You'll also need to be physically fit and able to work as part of a team.

You should look to gain practical experience whilst attending college by undertaking work experience or as a labourer on a site. Apprenticeships are also available, helping you to secure on the job experience, qualifications and pay.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • specialist skills
  • an awareness of health and safety issues
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • the ability to work quickly and accurately
  • improved maths and IT

Your future

  • Over 70% of skilled construction and building trades will require qualifications at level 2 or above by 2020
  • 36,000 people will be employed in construction across the South West by 2020, a 26% increase on 2010 totals
  • 237,000 new jobs will be created nationally in the construction sector by 2020 - an 11% increase on 2010 jobs. 2,329,000 in total
  • 99% of Construction students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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