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Drylining finisher (Ames taping) apprenticeship course

Duration: 24 months
Structure: 15 weeks of training over 18 months, plus on-the-job experience
Location: Inchinnan (Glasgow)
Start dates:
Continuous start dates available 

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This apprenticeship course is for people who want to gain a vocational qualification in interior systems: drylining finishing (Ames taping) while gaining industry experience. 

You’ll receive training in the theory of drywall finishing, as well as enjoy comprehensive practical experience in the featured categories of training.

Course content

The course will cover practical principles in:

  • Ames taping 
  • Finishing linings, ceilings and encasements 
  • Working at height 
  • Small tools operation 
  • Manual handling

You’ll learn basic skills, knowledge and awareness in:

  • Interpreting information 
  • Risk assessments and method statements 
  • Construction elements 
  • Effective communication 
  • Building information modelling (BIM) 
  • Basic project management 
  • Site communication 
  • Health and safety

You’ll also focus on personal skills in:

  • Mathematics 
  • English 
  • Drug and alcohol awareness 
  • Time management 
  • Personal organisation

Teaching and assessment

15 weeks of training delivered over 18 months. 

Week 1: Remote induction carried out via Teams meeting. 

Weeks 2 to 13: Theoretical and practical training at NCC Inchinnan in two-week blocks. 

Weeks 14 to 15: Final assessments

Qualifications you gain

  • Level 2 SVQ in Interior Systems: Drylining Finishing  
  • CITB industry-specific training in drylining finishing 
  • Modern Apprenticeship 

Methods of assessment

You’ll be regularly assessed using a range of methods, including written assessment, practical assessment, verbal questioning and presentation, and multiple-choice testing. You’ll also be required to complete college-based and site-based activity journals. You’ll be given ongoing clear, direct and constructive feedback to enable you to make progress and successfully complete the course.

Mandatory entry requirements


Entry L3 Maths and English.

To help us assess your suitability for the course, you'll need to complete a skills learning exercise and possibly attend college for further tests.

Other information

The course involves:

  • strenuous physical activity
  • confined space working
  • working at heights
  • wearing PPE/RPE
  • working to deadlines.
Apply here - online application form

Need more information?

Contact one of our account managers

Jason Haslam

Or phone Course booking line: 0344 994 4433

After this course

Following completion of the Modern Apprenticeship, candidates should be able to work as a dry lining–finisher (Ames taper) in the construction industry.