You should have a Level 1 construction craft qualification or GCSEs at grade D or above: English, Maths, Science and Design and Technology are desirable. You will have an interview and aptitude test.
Assessments involve observation of practical work in College and the workplace, as well as written and computer-based knowledge exams.
You should provide Personal Protective Equipment. You may be entitled to financial support depending on your circumstances.
You can progress to an advanced apprenticeship in your chosen craft area or to other professional qualifications.
You can continue to develop your career as a construction operative.
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.
Brad, who is from South Wingfield, wasn’t sure what to do when he first left school but the idea of learning a trade strongly appealed to him. After hearing about Rotherham-based Horbury through a friend of his sister, he contacted the national construction group directly and grasped the opportunity to train as a plasterer.
Under Paul’s expert supervision, Brad is currently working on the plastering elements of a new student accommodation block in Coventry and has previously assisted Paul on commercial contracts in Sheffield, Huddersfield, Rochdale and Hull.
Brad’s apprenticeship also marks the beginning of a great relationship between Derby College and Horbury, with the company looking to take on more apprentices via the college over the next 12 months
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.