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Interior Systems Installer

Course Code: A2/0470/01

Level: 2
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades

Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Duration: 24 months
When you'll study: One day a week at College, term-time only

About the course

This occupation is found in the construction and built environment industry, including new-build, renovation and refurbishment. It is a specialist contracting occupation, largely involved in the construction of partitions, walls and ceilings.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to install, repair and maintain various elements of the internal structure of a building to a high standard.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other colleagues, other trades, site supervisor, site manager, end users, main contractors and suppliers. Environments could range from internal and external construction sites to occupied buildings, such as large  commercial properties or residential tower blocks with apartments, and specialist buildings such as car showrooms. This job is usually carried out during normal working hours, but unsociable  hours might also be necessary.

The work will be physically active, including lifting and fixing systems into place. Work could be at height from a platform or mobile scaffold, and operatives will need to follow strict safe working practices at all times in whichever occupational area they choose. They will report to a supervisor or site manager and be capable of managing their own time, quality and resources to meet deadlines and specifications.

What you'll learn

This Apprenticeship has two pathway routes. Your pathway will be determined by what you do most of in your job role:

  • dry lining – methods to install different drylining systems that form the walls and rooms within a building, often used to hide wires and pipes whilst improving acoustics and create space for insulation
  • ceiling and partitions – incorporates different ceiling and partition systems within a building and used to provide different types of working environments, taking account of lighting and other fixtures.

An Apprenticeship is broken down into three learning categories: skills, knowledge and behaviours. For the Level 2 Interior Systems Installer Apprenticeship, you will cover the following…


  • different methods to install dry lining systems to metal and stud partitions, framed wall linings, framed and frameless beam and column encasements
  • how to work safely, including working at height and use of access equipment (eg scissor lifts, mobile towers) asbestos awareness and manual handling. The appropriate additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that may be required for various tasks.
  • the importance of risk assessments, method statements and Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessments
  • how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage from sources such as setting out drawings, using BIM, digital working and Computer Aided Drawing (CAD).
  • how to identify suitable materials, components, equipment and resources in accordance with project specification
  • the tools, equipment, plant and machinery appropriate for use in each project type
  • the industry standards which cover the interior systems sector
  • how to utilise materials in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions
  • the importance of a clean and tidy environment and the impact on zero/low carbon outcomes in the built environment
  • the importance of occupational health, mental health and how to deal with stress and conflict.


  • measure and set out from drawings provided and check vertical and horizontal datum
  • select the appropriate materials, tools and equipment in accordance with the specification requirements and or manufacturer specific instructions.
  • safely and correctly operate tools and equipment, plant and machinery appropriate for use
  • apply fire and acoustic mastic seals in accordance with specification, designs details and manufacturers’ recommendations
  • accurately measure and cut components (e.g. metal sections, plasterboard, insulation, timber and plywood)
  • appropriately fix all components according to specifications and/or drawings
  • effectively protect surrounding surfaces and segregate work areas and cutting areas
  • install dry lining systems to metal and stud partitions, framed wall linings, framed and frameless beam and column encasements
  • clearly communicate with management, customers and colleagues including other trades onsite
  • maintain a clean and tidy environment, appropriately disposing of waste according to site procedures
  • identify and select appropriate PPE for the task
  • Install pattresses and insulation
  • form service penetrations through partitions
  • install primary channels or main runners to line and level.
  • frame and fit access panels.


  • safety-first approach
  • attention to detail
  • work with others applying the principles of equality and diversity
  • focus on timekeeping and productivity
  • ability to work alone taking responsibility for completing of designated work in agreed schedule
  • working towards a high-quality outcome, with an understanding of the impact of defects.

You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.

Entry requirements

To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your willingness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry.

If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills (level 1-2) in English 2 and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.



In order to finish this Apprenticeship you will have to pass an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.

This Apprenticeship has an expected duration of 24 months, however, this may vary depending on your readiness to sit the end-point assessment.

What's next?

Once you have completed your Level 2 Interior Systems Installer Apprenticeship, you will have gained all the basic skills required to get recognised and progress in this exciting industry.

This is a fast-growing sector with many opportunities for career progression into site supervision and management positions, which can lead to someone running their own businesses.

Important information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessment procedures and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best-suited workplace.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete an application form.