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Have you ever thought about a career in today's modern construction industry? There are a number of apprenticeship and training opportunities involving gypsum products.


Building on the traditional plastering craft

Whilst the traditional craft of plastering remains an important element in the building process, it forms only part of the plasterer's modern day repertoire. New technologies, products and systems mean that today's plasterer is a truly multi-skilled tradesperson who rightly enjoys a high profile within the construction industry.

The plasterer's scope covers

  • traditional plaster
  • the application of coats of plaster onto new or existing brick, block or concrete
  • fibrous plastering
  • the production of decorative mouldings
  • ornamentation
  • architectural features
  • drywall - the term used for plasterboard and plasterboard systems

The development of new drywall products and systems have significantly expanded the skills range of the plasterer and increased job opportunities within the construction process. Drywall systems extend from the simple application of plasterboard on timber or light guage metal framing systems.

The plasterer can also play a large part in the external appearance of a building through the application of external rendering to their facades. Plasterers also play a fundamental role in the refurbishment and restoration of historical buildings. Whilst the origins of the plasterer remains within a craft, today it is a multi-skilled trade which offers variety and expanded opportunities with substantial financial rewards available in a modern construction industry.

Structured Training

In conjunction with contractors, FÁS provides a structured apprenticeship and training programme to meet the needs of the industry.

FÁS is supported by the PCA, the Plastering Contractors Association, who jointly have an active and positive commitment to apprenticeship and training and, importantly, the recruitment and placement of new entrants. The opportunity is a mix of on-the-job and off-the-job training based on seven phases. Modular assessments at each level ensure passage through the programme at the correct pace to suit each individual. Completion of the apprenticeship is normally within four years, and the apprenticeship is awarded the National Craft Certificate, which has both national and international recognition. If you are looking for a career in a building craft, there is no better option than choosing to be a plasterer.