Built Environment

Plastering - Training/Apprenticeship

Start Date: 2nd September 2019
Course Code: APLAST FLF1A

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena (Farm Lodge)


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 2nd September 2019
End date: 26th June 2020
Information Event: Y

What is Training for Success?

Training for Success is all about giving you the tools and the confidence to find work. It focuses on the extra learning you may need and like an apprenticeship the trainee spends most of their time with an employer – on work placement typically three days per week. The rest of the week is spent at college working towards qualifications.  The scheme is funded by the Department for the Economy.  Your qualification on entry will determine whether you can join at level 1 or Level 2.

Unlike apprenticeships, those completing a Training for Success course are not paid by the employer providing their work placement. Instead, they receive travel expenses and a weekly Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £40 which is not means-tested and bonus payments of up to £360 over two years.

At the College our training support officers will help you find your work placement.  We secure placements for around 98% of trainees.

Details and Restrictions

Those on the scheme must be 16 or 17-years-old
Young people with a disability are eligible up to 22-years-old and those from an in-care background up to 24-years-old

What is an Apprenticeship?

As an apprenticeship you are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer four days a week. One day a week is spent at college, studying for nationally-recognised qualifications in the same profession as the apprenticeship.

  • You must find your own employer
  • Some employers may require GCSEs on entry
  • It might be possible to do an apprenticeship with a current employer
  • You work all year round, but your College classes run from September to July
  • Employers pay for the day the apprentice is in college, meaning you will receive a full-time wage at least  in accordance with the national minimum wage

Details and restrictions

  • Apprentices must be aged 16 or above. Restrictions apply for those over 25.
  • Employers must be based in Northern Ireland
  • ApprenticeshipsNI 2017 is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for the Economy (DfE)

Course Content

Plastering may be offered under both the Training for Success and Apprenticeship scheme.  Once you apply we will help you to choose the right level that suits you.


The plastering course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to become a plasterer.

Units include:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in construction .
  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Apply plastering materials to interiors.
  • Fix dry lining and plasterboards to interiors
  • Laying sand and cement screeds
  • Apply scratch coats to internal backgrounds

Will I complete a work placement? The College is committed to ensuring that all trainees benefit from the opportunity to undertake work placement through Training for Success programmes.


An apprenticeship in plastering combines the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding and practical skills gained in the college classroom and workshops.

Units include:

  • Applying plastering materials to external backgrounds
  • Applying finishing plaster to background surfaces in the workplace 
  • Applying projection plaster and maintaining equipment in the workplace  
  • Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace  
  • Installing direct bond dry linings in the workplace  
  • Installing mechanically fixed plasterboard in the workplace  
  • Laying sand and cement screeds to levels and/or falls in the workplace 
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace

What will I gain?  

  • National recognised qualification.
  • Good practical skills.
  • An awareness of safety issues especially when working at heights and carrying loads.
  • The ability to work as part of a team.
  • City & Guilds Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy & ICT (If applicable) City & Guilds Employability Award City & Guilds Personal & Social Skills Award
  • Access to the Digital Learning Environment (DLE)

Special Features

  • Bonus Payments - you will receive £160 in Year 1 and £200 in Year 2.
  • Employer presentations
  • Industrial Site Visits
  • Skills Competitions

Assessment Methods

Continuous assessment throughout the course of practical workshop and theory tasks. This will be presented as a portfolio of evidence. Practical aspects of the course are examined by a synoptic practical end test. Theory is tested at the end of each unit by an online, multiple choice exam. There will also be an externally set multiple choice exam.

Training for Success

You must have attained the minimum school leaving age of 16 (up to 22 yrs for those who require additional support and 24 yrs for those in care) and be unemployed.  Apply online and attend an interview.
Take part in an aptitude test (if applicable).

Level 2/3 ApprenticeshipsNI

You must be in paid employment at least 21 hours per week including college day release.  You must be aged 16-24 years of age and apply online and attend an interview.  Take part in an aptitude test (if applicable).

Achievement of the Level 1 Diploma could lead to progression to the Level 2 Diploma in Plastering.

Achievement of the Level 2 Diploma could lead to employment within the Construction Industry with the possible opportunity to achieve an ApprenticeshipsNI Level 2.

Achievement of Level 2 ApprenticeshipsNI offers possible progression to ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3.

Achievement of ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3 offers possible progression to HNC/HND.

Progression will depend upon grades achieved and satisfactory progress reviews.

Ballymena (Farm Lodge)
Farm Lodge Buildings
BT43 7DF
028 2565 2871


Sean McAleese

Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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