Business continues support of Skills Show 2017
As part of its ongoing efforts to support the plastering industry, British Gypsum is proudly sponsoring of the Plastering and Plastering & Drywall System competitions at SkillBuild - the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices.
Earlier this year David Kehoe, British Gypsum’s National Technical Training Representative travelled to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to mentor members of SquadUK at this year’s WorldSkills competition.
More recently he represented the company at the Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event. Held at the NEC Birmingham in November, this year’s event was visited by more than 80,000 people looking to discover a huge range of career opportunities to further their young careers.
As well as being a great networking event for developing professional relationships, the Skills Show serves as the host event for the SkillBuild 2017 UK National Final. Throughout the competitions the very finest in their respective skills competed to be named the best in the UK and be selected on SquadUK for next year’s EuroSkills Budapest 2018 and WorldSkills in Kazan 2019.
Championing the trade
British Gypsum sponsored the Plastering and Plastering & Drywall System competitions at this year’s SkillBuild 2017 UK National Final. Each contestant was equipped with a range of plaster products to use such as Gyproc Easi-Fill and Thistle MultiFinish, and offered support with representatives on hand to mentor them as they completed their challenges.
According to David Kehoe, the students were eager participants: “With help from my British Gypsum colleagues, competitors in the plastering showcase were tasked with creating a wall embossed with a special British Gypsum logo designed to celebrate our centenary.
I was really impressed with the levels of commitment and hard work shown by those competing in the Plastering and Plastering & Drywall Systems categories.”
Yagoub Mohamed of City of Liverpool College claimed the top prize in the plastering category. Haralds Jonans of Derby College was awarded the silver medal with Antonio Cupaiolo of College of North West London and David Scott of Craven College sharing the bronze medal.
Plastering & Drywall Systems category
Working closely with representatives from the Construction Industry Training Board, British Gypsum also helped with the Plastering & Drywall Systems category challenge. The team was set with an ambitious but achievable task, to complete a build from start to finish before the event was over. It was a challenging project with 12 hours required to build the model and an additional seven hours needed for finishing.
The task was designed in such a way as to challenge all aspects an apprentice would require to become an expert in plastering and drywall solutions. Sean Dooner from Barking and Dagenham College was named the overall winner in the category.
After the competition, Curtis Johnston, South Eastern Regional College, Matthew Low, Coleg Menai and Glenn McArdle, Southern Regional College were chosen to go on to represent SquadUK for next year’s EuroSkills Budapest 2018 and WorldSkills in Kazan 2019. British Gypsum representatives will continue to mentor and support the students throughout their journey.
Tackling the skills shortage
The Skills Show and associated SkillBuild competitions underline the enthusiasm of the UK’s youth to acquire essential skills and help tackle the skills shortage. With so much discussion surrounding the ongoing skills crisis in the industry it is inspiring to see that the next generation of professionals is enthusiastically ready and waiting and British Gypsum will continue to champion their efforts.
Next stop EuroSkills 2018 in Budapest.