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50 years of expert advice in training and apprenticeships for plaster and drylining

Date: 19 May 2016

We’ve been delivering training courses since 1966 for everyone from plastering apprentices and dry lining apprentices just starting out on their careers to site managers working for the UK’s leading main contractors.

1966 is fondly remembered by most as the first and (to date) last time England got its hands on the World Cup. However, here at British Gypsum that wasn’t the only landmark event that we celebrated that year – as it also saw the opening of our first training academy. Unlike England’s subsequent World Cup dreams, however our training activity has continued to go from strength to strength, recently hitting the milestone of delivering 500,000 days of training. 

We’re proud to work with a huge range of construction workers, from apprentices starting out in their careers, to experienced plasterers, dry liners and contractors looking to gain further qualifications. 

Supporting the next generation of tradespeople has always been a key priority for us: looking for opportunities to share our expertise, as well as products. 2013 saw a huge development in our offering with the launch of the ‘Learning Hub’ for apprentices and lecturers. It’s a free online learning resource with lots of content for lecturers as well as a forum for students to share ideas and ask for advice.

We’ve also worked with some of the biggest names in construction to help them to constantly deliver best practice on site, as well as to bring them up to speed with the latest products and techniques. For example, we recently partnered with Willmott Dixon, a leading contractor, to enhance its existing site quality course with a bespoke training programme. In the innovative training programme, we developed a fake site and tasked Willmott Dixon employees to locate over 40 staged faults that could happen in real life projects.

We’re looking forward to continuing our training work to help develop the skills we need across the industry. To find out more and book onto a course click here.

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