Plastering machines are now an ever present sight in the building trade; twenty years ago they were something of a rarity that had to be hired in specially, with a team of highly trained machine plasterers to go with it. You still have to be highly trained to use a plastering machine, but they are no longer a rarity, instead appearing regularly, with many plastering outfits purchasing their own machines; offering the ability to cover very large surface areas quickly and without extra labour costs. Having the skills to use a plastering machine means you are in demand with many companies and can pick up highly paid work all over the country. Owning a business that offers sprayed plaster or render also means that there is plenty of work available to you.
There are a variety of different models of plaster spraying machine out there, from those that can handle almost any type of surface covering, to the more specialised interior plastering machines that use a certain type of pre-mixed plaster. Whatever the machine in question, anyone operating them needs to have the proper training in application and how the machine works. Plasterers One Stop shop, with PFT Central, offer training courses from £180 per person (ex. VAT) on all types of plastering machine, whatever your experience level.
The main makes of plaster spraying machine that we offer training on are M-tec, EZE, Putzmeister, PFT, Maltech, Utiform, Priomix and Lancy; but there is no machine we cannot offer training for, so get in touch even if you have a type not listed here. We can offer training on older machines that are no longer in production and cater to any skill level from a novice plasterer to someone with decades of experience.
We also offer training on specific materials, including K-Rend coloured renders, CPI plain and coloured render, Knauf MP75 single-coat internal plaster (very popular on new commercial builds) and Supaflow self-levelling floor screeds. We are also able to offer training on the Mapetherm and Knauf external insulation products, applied by both machine and hand.
If you are a new plasterer just starting out, it is well worth being trained on machine plastering early on, as it is a good paying job and can fund your learning of more traditional techniques while you learn. Plastering machine training is a lot cheaper than traditional plastering courses. Similarly, for time-served plasterers who are getting bored of the same manual job day in, day out, machine plastering offers good money and uses your existing skills, leaving the manual plastering as a fall back option, as well as something else to offer to potential employers.
If you own a plastering business it is worth investing in machine plastering training for some, if not all, of your workforce so you can increase the volumes of business you are able to do in a given month, as well as competing for jobs that previously would have been outside your capabilities. Give us a call to find out the best course for you or your employees and in six months you could be seeing a real difference to your earnings.