Life as a plastering apprentice

Date: 24 May 2016

Back in 2015, our #BGShoutOut competition celebrated the work of plastering and drylining apprentices from across the UK. We’ve caught up with competition winner Adam Mala to chat about training, his future plans and working on a castle. 

What apprenticeship are you doing? 

I’m currently doing a Plastering Diploma Level 2 NVQ with Lambert Walker, mainly working on heritage projects. I’ve been able to gain experience in other areas too, like solid plastering, rendering, plasterboarding and fibrous plastering. It’s going really well and I’m due to finish the course in June. 

How has working with Lambert Walker been? 

The placement has been great. I still work with the team there and love the fact we get to plaster listed buildings that have a lot of history and character. I’ll be working with them up until the end of my placement.  

What’s the best project/job you’ve worked on? 

I’d have to say working on Lancaster Castle, although it hasn’t involved much plastering yet. We’ve been working on phase one of the project; re-pointing the outside of the castle, pulling off and re-fitting the roof, replacing all of the masonry and labouring, which is a new field of work for me so I’ve really enjoyed getting involved and gaining new skills. 

We’re set to move onto phase two soon. Even though our work is mainly on the outside of the castle, we have been able to get a guided tour of the inside which was interesting. 

What advice would you give to anyone looking to start an apprenticeship?

I’d say just go for it. Especially an apprenticeship in plastering and drylining, the work you’ll get to do is really varied and interesting. I think an apprenticeship is one of the best ways to get into the construction industry, and you’ll be earning money alongside getting your qualification! The training I have received at Bolton College has been very usefully alongside my work training.  

What are your goals for the future? 

Obviously, the first goal is to keep studying and get my qualification in June. Then I’d love to get my own van and gain enough experience to set up my own plastering business. In the long-term, I’d like to be self-employed with a team of tradespeople working for me and a well-established company name. 

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Life as a plastering apprentice