Of all the building trades plastering is one of the most satisfying trades to be working within. But, to obtain a proper plastering apprenticeship you are probably going to have to do a lot of research. The main problem finding the plastering course or apprenticeship is the economy right now and at the time of writing this, January 2012, the building trade is in the doldrums.
There are hundreds of plastering training schools where you can train to become a plasterer. All the main cities and some small towns can boast one training scheme or another, but there are alternative ways to find the right plastering training or possibly gain a plastering apprenticeship.
One of the best and little used method is to actually visit the builders merchants in your own area. Sometimes it is possible to talk to plastering companies and self-employed plasterers whilst they collect their materials and often they will employ on a casual labour basis people to help.
A plastering apprenticeship is not something that will be offered, far from it, but on occasions keen and eager learners will be taken on as plasterers trainees. This might lead to some formal qualifications later, but in today’s market place you may have to take the brunt of most of the costs yourself.
Plastering courses offered by many companies promise high earning once the course has been completed. These companies are not living in the real world; often these promises are made to secure a nice fee from you for the initial plastering training.
Years ago, it was not uncommon for a plasterers apprentice to work and learn for up to five years before they were competent to carry out work to a required standard. It seems ridiculous now that some training schools can offer a two week plastering course and send you on your way. The truth is it is not possible to become a plasterer competent enough to carry out work on property in this time.
Although the traditional way of securing a plastering apprenticeship by working for four days within a plastering company and attending the day release college for the academic part is the best, there are very few opportunities left.
Many of the old skills within the plastering trade are now not needed with the emphasis now on dry lined walls. Again, this is a skilled job, but not at the same level as the old traditional plastering methods once used.
A plastering apprenticeship is the perfect solution but it is wise to realise how difficult this now is, and it might be wise to look at all the other ways to get involved. Take a look at the low cost training especially training that has been subsidised by the local government departments. Some colleges will provide good basic training where you cost at a minimum. Another good benefit here is that often the colleges have a dialogue and links with local plastering firms where good students are recommended through the college scheme.
Sometimes those better students will be offered trials as a way into the plastering trade through their own abilities and determination on the job. Companies like the enthusiasm shown and will sometimes be prepared to look at the longer term for good workers.
If you have thought about a plastering apprenticeship or tried to get involved but had no success it sometimes means that more direct action is needed.
Visit companies directly and talk to as many people as you can. There are times when you will need to do this if ever you become involved in a plastering job or working for yourself in the future. It is really about knocking on doors and leaving no stone unturned. If you want to become a plasterer badly enough you will find a way to achieve it, but the fact remains the old plastering apprenticeships schemes are almost a thing of the past.
The major cities and town are more likely to provide plastering training or plastering apprenticeships where population and demand is highest. Major towns, cities or counties likely to provide a better opportunity of a plastering apprenticeship might be London, Birmingham, Essex, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northampton, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.