The events take place on Wednesday 28 September from 10am at the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy in East Leake, Leicestershire, the Saint-Gobain training academy in Erith, Kent and the drywall academy in Kirkby Thore, Cumbria. Students from local colleges will spend the day trying a number of different skills including; drylining, building GypWall partitions and hand jointing, as well as installing plasterboard and coving.
David Hall, Technical Academy manager at British Gypsum, comments: “The ‘Have a Go’ Day is a great way for students from regional colleges to try out new techniques and add to their growing skill set. It’s 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 event, the students will have the chance to attend further courses through the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy, enabling them to increase their industry knowledge even further.”
The ‘Have a Go’ day events are part of British Gypsum’s sponsorship of WorldSkills London 2011, the largest vocational skills competition in the world, and demonstrate its commitment to future construction professionals and the industry as a whole. British Gypsum will also be providing a ‘Have a Go’ area at WorldSkills London 2011.
Taking place at ExCeL London from 5 – 8 October, WorldSkills London 2011 will see 1,000 competitors from around the world compete in 45 different skill categories including plastering and dry wall systems.
Along with sponsorship of the plastering and drylining category, British Gypsum has also supported UK competitor, Jamie Fineran, who was an apprentice at the Technical Academy in Kirkby Thore, by providing additional training and advice.