British Gypsum provide support for local students

British Gypsum offer the opportunity to try a number of different plastering skills

As well as sponsoring the plastering and drylining category at WorldSkills London 2011, British Gypsum hosted a ‘Have a Go’ event for plastering students, giving them the opportunity to try a number of different plastering skills to add to the ones they are learning on their college courses.

Events took place on Wednesday 28 September at British Gypsum’s Erith’s Training Academy and British Gypsum’s Kirkby Thore Technical Academy. Students from local colleges spent the day trying a number of different skills including: drylining, building a GypWall partition and hand jointing, as well as putting up plasterboard and coving.

David Hall, Technical Academy manager, commented: “The ‘Have a Go’ Day is a great way for students from colleges in our local region to try out additional skills and add to their growing skill set. It is also a good opportunity for them to talk to experts in their field about the systems and solutions offered by British Gypsum and gain helpful tips for their future career.

“Following the day, the students have the chance to attend further courses through our Technical Academy, enabling them to increase their industry knowledge even further.”   

British Gypsum also hosted events at their training facilities in East Leake, Leicestershire and Kirkby Thore, Cumbria, as well as providing a ‘Have a Go’ area at WorldSkills London 2011.

The ‘Have a Go’ day was part of British Gypsum’s sponsorship of WorldSkills, the largest vocational skills competition in the world, and demonstrates its commitment to future construction professionals and the industry as a whole.

The WorldSkills competition took place at ExCeL London from 5 – 8 October and saw 1,000 competitors from around the world compete in 45 different skills including plastering and dry wall systems.

Along with sponsorship of the plastering and drylining category, British Gypsum has also supported the British entry, Jamie Fineran, who was an apprentice at the Technical Academy in Kirkby Thore, by providing additional training and advice.

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