Billie-Jo works in clients' homes and businesses close to where she lives. As a plasterer she makes walls and ceilings smooth, and she finds it very therapeutic.

Becoming a plasterer was the best decision I've ever made.

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Age 22
Based United Kingdom
Employer Freelance

What made you want to become a plasterer?

University was never something I was interested in. I get homesick and didn’t want to live away from my family. After GCSEs I started training to be a vet, but it wasn’t for me. My dad is a plasterer, so I tried working for him and loved it. It was the best decision I've ever made.

How long was the apprenticeship?

I did a two-year apprenticeship to become a plasterer. One day, I want to start my own business and could earn £40,000 a year.

What do you love about being a plasterer?

Fitness comes with the job. When I first started out I couldn’t lift a bag of plaster, but now I carry two.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love riding. My job gives me the flexibility to look after my horse. Sometimes I ride for an hour during the day and go back to work.