Construction Apprenticeships



Posted: 7th Mar, 2023

Duration: 36 Months

Sector: Construction

This occupation is found in both the new build and refurbishment construction sector which is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people and contributing 6.4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Not only that, the construction industry is central to delivering the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure our society demands. A career in the construction industry is like no other. Plastering is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector and refurbishment sectors. The Government has a target to build significantly more new homes over the coming years and therefore the demand for plasterers has never been higher.


The broad purpose of this occupation is to apply layers of plaster onto walls, floors and ceilings. Plastering serves a protective function, in that it makes buildings more robust and also an aesthetic function. Plasterers will often complete dry lining projects during their career. Although a person may specialise solely in dry lining, a plasterer must have the knowledge of dry lining in addition to their knowledge and skills to plaster.


What's Involved

The Apprentice will complete a portfolio of documented evidence and online activities which will support the knowledge, skills and behaviours. 

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours modules:

Learners and employers will have a range of options to select from that cover each knowledge module of the apprenticeship standard. Learners will usually complete online exams for the relevant professional qualification.

Functional Skills in maths and English:

These provide practical skills to help gain the most out of work, education and everyday life. Learners will complete written and online tests.

End-point assessment:

The end-point assessment is the final stage of the apprenticeship, comprising of a skills test, knowledge test and Oral Questioning – underpinned by portfolio of evidence.


Learners will engage in a blended programme of training and support that will include; attendance at formal off-site training sessions on 

a regular basis, access to high quality  interactive on-line learning materials and tutorial support.

The programme will require the apprentice to record 20% off job training via the tracking system included with the course resources.

The length of the programme will differ depending on experience, knowledge and skills. However, the course should usually take 36 months.

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Avenues of progression include:

•          Obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card at the appropriate level

•          Further employment opportunities and career progression

•          Level 3 Advanced Diploma

You could also move into a related area such as drylining, ceiling fixing or become a partitioning systems operative or specialise to become a construction site engineer, technician, or set up as a self-employed subcontractor.

What's next...

SBC Training has access to government funding and grants for this apprenticeship.

For free advice and to find out how much financial support your business is eligible for, please contact us.

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