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I have recently completed a plastering course with Ableskills. I have since done some private jobs, a bedroom wall / window wall also a conservatory wall. Both customers were satisfied with my work and paid me.
I have a CSCS card and have my own plastering tools with a full clean drivers license I live in London NW9 but will travel if need be.
I wish you all the best in your search for employment.Its not easy out there at the moment, but Im sure you will find something...why dont you become self employed and see if you can gain work from MyBuilder..
Answered 9th Jan 2012
I personally don't think it's a good idea to start off on your own so early into your career. You could try agencies, just sign up to loads online, and then just wait for a call. They always struggle to get decent trades...because the money will be lowish, but at least you'll gain some experience and confidence.
Answered 10th Jan 2012
hi its a hard time of year to find work for any trade, but i would reccomend signing up with your local counsil or a couple of agencies.
hope this helps and good look .
Answered 10th Jan 2012
My advice would be to get on site as a labourer to see what is expected of you as a plasterer. Skimming 1 wall will get you nowhere. Throwing 30sq meters of ceiling on and a further 40/50/60 square meters before you finish for the day is something site plasterers cope with rarely breaking a sweat!!!
In terms of domestic, it's a minefield if your not experienced, it's extremely easy to walk into, and easier to get sacked from or sued if self employed.
I would back door it into a small building firm. Do not tell people your just qualified, say you have 3 years experience, and get your head down, it may take three or four companies before your good enough to get settled into how to work and whats expected but use it as your short term appreticeship.
When I tought my 20 year old brother to skim, after 4 days he was able to skim a wall to a more than acceptable level. 4 years on he's still learning, and in terms of skimming a 60 square meter room out in the day (2 coat skimming!!) took him 2 years to become comfortable to undertake.
He regularly gets stumped with the general building aspect of being a good plasterer in terms of joinery brickwork, small ammounts of electrical and especially backing coats!!
You never stop learning, I hate it these days and re skilled after 15 years plastering into electrics and Gas, it's a tough trade but when your a good plasterer, your good for life and never short of work.
Best of luck and get knocking on some doors.
London is rammed with Plastering positions.
Answered 11th Jan 2012