As I’m sure you’re well aware there are some great routes into the plastering industry. There’s the college training route, the apprentice route and one of the best ways is via training centres. Training centres are great for those who maybe haven’t been successful getting on an apprenticeship scheme or maybe because they are over the age limit for apprenticeships.
Training centres are perfect for anyone who has to juggle other commitments while training for a new career, maybe you have family commitments or are currently employed and have to continue with your current job while you are being trained up.
Training centres were made for the construction industry to enable people to gain skills within this exciting industry. That’s the best thing about them they really want you to get familiarised with your new career by allowing you to get really hands on so that you fully appreciate what your chosen trade really involves day to day.
Skilled workers like plasterers will always be in high demand and the reason for this is quite simple really, there just aren’t enough of them to go around.
Training centres are located all over the UK so I’m sure there’s bound to one close to where you live. If however you find that your closest training centre is a fair distance form you maybe you could think about staying close to the training centre in a b &b for example, this will save on your travelling time and also on your travelling expenses. This may only be a valid option however if you are going down the full time route, as staying there while you take a part time course would cost a fortune!
You aren’t required to have any formal qualifications to start your training and you can start as soon as you are ready to commit.
The course will include both theory and practical with the theory lessons being carried out in the classrooms and the practical in the workshops. The classrooms are fully air conditioned for your comfort and to make learning much more enjoyable.
You’ll be trained up by experts at their trade which in this case is plastering and they will know their trade inside and out. You will be trained so that you meet with the current industry standards and at the end of your training you’ll receive your plastering qualification. This certificate is your proof that you are fully competent and are skilled enough to carry out a job safely and efficiently.
It’s important that before you sign up to a training centre is to make sure that they have been accredited by an awarding governing body for example City & Guilds.
Training centres allow good flexibility!
As I mentioned earlier many people who are thinking about training for work within the construction industry opt for training centres because of the flexibility they offer. You may have family commitments to consider or you m may still be in full time or part time employment and cannot commit to full time training.
If you opt for the full time course then you can expect to end your course in about 4 to 8 weeks, if you go for the part time option then you can take your own time really and spread the course over months and sometimes even years. It really all depends on how fast you want to begin your new career as a plasterer and the commitments you may already have.
Training centres are open Mondays to Fridays and are available in the evenings and also on weekends so that everyone’s needs are catered for and it allows everyone to have an equal chance at getting their training time in.
You’ll be pleased to know that training centres have been fitted with the latest mod cons and are fully air conditioned making training much more comfortable.
One of the best points about training centres is that they really allow you to fully experience the trade you are entering into, once you’ve learned about something in your theory lessons you can then go into the workshops and put it into practice. The idea of this is that they want you to not only have good knowledge of your trade but also hands on experience too.
It has been recommended that as soon as you start training to look out for a work placement, this will allow you to gain even more hands on experience and will help you greatly with the practical parts of your Diploma.
Your local college or training centre will be able to help you more with this.
If you happen to already be working in the plastering trade but currently don’t hold any qualifications then you have the option of having your knowledge and skills assessed by the current standards and depending on how well you do you could end up with some qualifications.
What occurs in the classrooms and workshops?
The classroom is where all the theory takes place this is the place where you really get to grips with your chosen trade of plastering. You will learn all about your trade, the health and safety regulations and all the underpinning. Your expert whose training you up will demonstrate how to carry out different tasks and fully explain what a plasterer does throughout their working day.
The action all kicks off in the workshops and this is the place where you can really show off your skills and knowledge that you would have gained in the classroom. This is your chance to get hands on experience and really appreciate all that being a plasterer is all about. All the equipment you need is there for you so you don’t have to worry about that, you just have to concentrate on your training.
I’ve heard that courses can be expensive is this true?
I suppose the answer to this is yes and no really, yes on the one hand they are on first glance, plastering courses can cost between £4,000 and £6,000 but the point I always say is that yes of course these figures appear to be steep but what you have to remember is that this is your future and once you start earning as a plasterer then you are going to be earning really good money, remember plasterers are in high demand, once you qualify you have a job for life, people are crying out for your skills. So yes you have to pay at first to begin your training but you’ll get it all back and more once you qualify.
If you decide to go self employed then you can charge your own rates too and the closer you work to London and the South East will always see your wages soar.
What about long distance courses and short intensive courses?
These are another good option if you cannot get on an apprenticeship or can’t travel to a training centre and they have their good points and you’ll learn all the basics there is to know about plastering. However the point to mention here is that please make sure you know exactly how much time is allocated to cover the practical sides of your training, it’s one thing to read up about the plastering industry but if you don’t have any hands on experience how are you supposed to succeed in your new career. So make sure they do cover practical as well as theory and also make sure they are industry recognised for example with City &Guilds.
Well that’s it from me, I hope you’ve gained more info on plastering courses and all that’s involved, it’s a great career to be involved in and a career that will see you have a job for life. Your skills are very much needed and I honestly hope you succeed at your goal in becoming a plasterer. Good Luck!