First students get practical plastering experience at our Trading Academy Summer School

We were delighted to welcome pupils from Rawlins Academy into our summer school to get hands-on experience of the practical work required in the industry.

Students from Rawlins Academy in Quorn in Leicestershire have this week been the first to attend British Gypsum’s new summer school.

The week-long summer school has been designed to promote the plastering and drylining sector as a career choice to young people who will be starting college this September.

It forms part of a year-long partnership programme with Rawlins Academy, and is another example of how British Gypsum is seeking to address the skills shortage in the construction sector by training the next generation of high-calibre tradespeople.

The five-day summer school is very practical in nature and aims to equip the participants with a real understanding of what is required to work in the sector.

Participants have already spent three days earlier in the year ahead of coming to the summer school learning the basics of the trade, gaining hands-on experience at our own Build Better Academy in East Leake.

They also gained a taste of day-to-day student life with a visit to Leicester College.

Sam Blacknell Head of Skills Partnerships at British Gypsum said: “The enthusiasm of the participants has been fantastic. Plastering and drylining represents a fantastic career choice as there is a shortage of high-calibre, qualified people with these skills. We wish all the participants well as they embark on their college courses.”