Despite many industries suffering setbacks from COVID-19, there have been positive steps this week to ensure the future of plastering is looking bright. British Gypsum’s ‘Site Ready Skimming Course’ (SRSC) has now been developed into a nationally recognised qualification, working in conjunction with the awarding body NOCN and is available to take now.
The course has been being taught and developed for a few years now in British Gypsum’s specialist training facilities, but can now be awarded as an official ‘NOCN Level 2 Certificate Plaster Skimmer’ qualification upon completion. British Gypsum’s Training Partnerships Director, Dave Hall, said: “We are thrilled that the Site Ready Skimming Course has now been developed into a recognised UK qualification. It has taken the team at British Gypsum a number of years to develop the initial course, ensuring that it equips students with the necessary skills needed to become a competent Plaster Skimmer and gives them the practice needed to hone their techniques ready for the workplace.”
He continued “The course has now been taught through both our own and other specialist training academies for over a year – and with amazing feedback.
“Seeing the results it delivers and knowing that it would help address the skills gap within the industry we were confident that it was time to begin discussions with NOCN to develop it into a nationally recognised qualification.”
NOCN said: “We aim to support the construction industry and the introduction of new talent. It was a pleasure to work with Dave Hall at British Gypsum on this development. He had a clear idea on how to address a recognised skills gap in the industry, making the whole development quick and straightforward.”
The SRSC teaches student vital trowel techniques such as the ability to skim plasterboard on-site in terms of finishing internal angles, working to wet angles, working on splayed angles and much more. It also educates students on the correct use of the latest plastering tools and tricks of the trade, but also how to identify bad practice methods, as well how to think critically in their approach commercial projects.
NOCN added “This has resulted in a qualification which provides new entrants with the opportunity to develop their skills and, making them attractive to future employers. We look forward to a continuing relationship, working with British Gypsum to support the skilled workforce of tomorrow.”