Plasterer and Painter

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

Train in painting and plastering. Then work on the Army’s biggest building projects, all round the world. Get a trade, qualifications and an exciting lifestyle.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsGCSEs

I'm keen to use my new skills on future deployments to places such as Kenya and the Falkland Islands.

Painting, plastering, tiling; you’re the person who adds the finishing touches to Army building projects. You could be working on hospitals, headquarters, military plants or bases, anywhere in the world. Whatever the building, you’ll get it ready for use. First-class training teaches you about plaster boarding, scaffolding, glazing and more – skills you can use in the civilian world. Meanwhile, you can boost your CV by taking all kinds of qualifications to improve your Maths and English, for example. When you’re not working, you can have plenty of fun with good mates doing sports and Adventurous Training.
Plasterer and Painter is a Trade role in the Royal Engineers. All the Royal Engineer soldier job roles are divided into 5 groups. When you apply to the Engineers, you will apply to the trade group rather than the specific trade. .

The Corps of Royal Engineers allows the Army to work all over the world, whether it's involved in active combat or disaster relief. The Corps are ‘first in’, setting up bases ready for the rest of the Army to arrive and ‘last out’, closing down patrol bases and military camps. The Corps is at the forefront in disaster-relief operations, effecting rapid repairs to damaged infrastructure in stricken areas.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Learn a host of trades including plaster boarding, painting, and tiling

  • Become expert in associated skills like glazing and scaffolding

  • Deploy on operations all over the world

  • Carry out work on a variety of military and civilian projects

  • Experience Army sports and adventurous training

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building structural finisher

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    GCSE Grade A–D/9-3, or Scottish National 5 grade A-D, in at least English Language, Maths and one other subject.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 7.5

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Your initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

  • If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering near Camberley for 12 weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Then it’s 24 weeks at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, learning about dry lining, painting, wall and floor tiling, planning and site safety.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Building and Structural Finishing (Military Engineering)

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Maintenance (EdExcel)

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

More about the joining process

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