Plasterer and Painter

Royal Engineers

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

ENJOY WORLDWIDE TRAVEL AND BUILD A FUTURE

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, for example, to improve your Maths and English. When you’re not working, you can have plenty of fun with good mates, sports and Adventure Training.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), 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 nine 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.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in at least English Language, Maths and one other subject
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 118kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

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

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I have learnt a lot on course. I particularly enjoyed the scaffolding phase. I’m keen to use my new skills on future deployments to places such as Kenya and the Falkland Islands. My time in training has been very rewarding and I look forward to attending my Class 1 Building and Structural Finisher course in the near future.”

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.

Training For The Role

Step 1 

Your training will depend on your military experience, trade qualifications and the role of your unit. If you need basic soldiering skills, you learn them at your nearest Army Training Unit.

Step 2

Then you go to the Army Training Centre, Pirbright, to be trained by Regular Army instructors. You learn to handle weapons, read maps and give first aid. Combat Engineer training is given by your unit. Finally, you have trade training at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham. Over 24 weeks, you learn about dry lining, painting, wall and floor tiling, planning and site safety.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 118kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: GCSE Grade D/3 or above in at least Maths, English Language and one other subject

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance Multi-trade Repair and Refurbishment (Construction) – (Pearson WBL)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Defence Engineering (Building Finisher) – (Cskills)
  • Functional Skills English at level 1 – (City and Guilds)
  • Functional Skills Mathematics at level 1 – (City and Guilds)

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 per day once you're a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you're entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

“I have learnt a lot on course. I particularly enjoyed the scaffolding phase. I’m keen to use my new skills on future deployments to places such as Kenya and the Falkland Islands. My time in training has been very rewarding and I look forward to attending my Class 1 Building and Structural Finisher course in the near future.”

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.

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