- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of building and construction
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- business management skills
- design skills and knowledge
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
You'll normally work in a team carrying out:
- solid plastering (applying wet finishes to surfaces and putting protective coverings like pebble-dash on outside walls)
- fibrous plastering (creating ornamental plasterwork like ceiling roses, cornices and architraves)
- dry lining (fixing internal plasterboard or wallboard partitions)
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment and protective clothing.
You could work at a client's business, on a construction site or at a client's home.
Your working environment may be at height.
With experience, you could progress to supervisory jobs or move into related areas like tiling, estimating and site management.
You could become self-employed and work as a sub-contractor.