The construction industry is facing a skills shortage for a number of trades. A recent Manpower Group Talent Shortage Survey showed that for five consecutive years skilled construction trades topped the list of hardest positions to fill, and plasterers are a major part of that skills gap.
In response to this decline, and having taken additional input from UK Federations and sub-contractors, we have introduced a new Site Ready Skimming Course.
The MP visited British Gypsum’s mine and production plant at Barrow-upon-Soar on Friday 18 January. The plant, the largest and most technically advanced plaster production site of its kind in Europe, is the principal supplier of bagged plaster in the UK. It makes around 440,000 bags of plaster each week, enough for 29,000 homes.
The Plaisterers Training Awards recognise the contribution of training colleges or independent training providers to all aspects of training, education and life-long learning, all vital to the future of plastering and drylining within the UK construction industry.
The ultimate goal of the initiative is to provide training for young care leavers in a construction setting to develop the skills to go on to work placements. The Academy is funded by Saint-Gobain and sees a group of young people take part in a 12-week traineeship to work towards a Level 2 Dry Lining qualification and obtain a CSCS card.