Plastering students at Kirklees College are learning from industry experts thanks to the British Gypsum Thistle Partnership Programme.
British Gypsum - one of the UK’s biggest construction manufacturers - is sponsoring the college’s Dewsbury Construction Academy. The company has set up an online learning hub where partnership members can create a virtual information resource for students and find out about everything from industry procedures to health and safety advice.
British Gypsum technical academy manager Dave Hall visited the college last week to talk about the online resource and the company’s latest products and innovations. He also handed out British Gypsum t-shirts, bags and other goodies to students.
Dave said: “Plastering is a highly skilled profession. We wanted to create a programme working with colleges and their students across the country, to help guide them in taking their first steps in the industry. While plastering is a traditional trade with time-honoured techniques, there are new products emerging all the time and we feel it’s our duty to ensure the next generation of plasterers are as prepared, skilful and confident as possible using the latest materials out there
“The Thistle Partnership has allowed us to create a robust programme of learning for the students and, following my visit to Dewsbury Construction Academy, I can see the significant difference it has made in giving the students the necessary tools to become industry-ready. It’s really encouraging to see so many students making good use of our expertise to guide them on their development within the trade of plastering.”
Kirklees College Dewsbury Construction curriculum team leader Jonathan Inglesfield said: “We’re delighted to have such a big name in the construction industry as British Gypsum working in partnership with us at Dewsbury Construction Academy.
“The online learning hub provides the latest information everyone working in the plastering industry needs to know and is sure to enhance the development and skills of all our students and staff. It is just one of the many benefits the partnership will bring.”