The bright future of plastering

Date: 28 April 2017

Training pays off as we celebrate with Harrison Moy, the 21-year old plasterer selected to represent the UK at WorldSkills 2017.

For over 50 years British Gypsum has been investing in young talent and this past month we’ve witnessed an amazing achievement by a young plasterer whom we’ve had a special relationship with for the past 18 months.

Harrison Moy is a 21-year old from Lewes, East Sussex and it is with great pleasure we can announce that he has been selected to represent the UK at the WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi this October after completing a gruelling 18-hour test at Stockport College last month.

Young plasterer winner at skillbuild

Our journey with Harrison began 18 months ago after he won a gold medal at the UK National SkillBuild finals in 2015 and was selected to train as part of Squad UK. As part of his role, David Kehoe, Technical Support and Training Representative at British Gypsum, takes each member of Squad UK under his wing to help prepare them for the WorldSkills competition.

Harrison’s biggest test to date included an 18-hour practical examination based on last year’s WorldSkills challenge, which tested his partition building, jointing, beading and plastering skills. Adhering to strict time restrictions, Harrison had to score a minimum of 500 points to even be considered to represent the UK at the WorldSkills final.

As well as special one-to-one plastering and drylining skills training, each member of Squad UK also received practical life skills coaching such as stress management and nutritional advice to best prepare them for the WorldSkills event and a more successful career beyond.

Young plasterer winner at skillbuild

Harrison commented: “The selection challenge has been the most difficult one I have faced and I’m so glad I got through it and have been selected to represent the UK – it’s a great honour. David has been such an encouragement to me and I can’t thank him and British Gypsum enough for investing so much time in me. The skills I have learnt go well beyond the competition and have helped me in my day to day job – I now say to myself: if it’s not to the same standard I would do in a competition then it’s not good enough for the job.”

We will continue to work with Harrison until the finals in October and we wish him the best of luck. We believe firmly in the success of trade competitions and will continue to support them and the new young talent coming through. We also believe that manufacturers should have closer connections with education providers and that’s why we will continue to invest in and grow the Thistle Partnership, which currently supports students at 75 colleges across the UK.

Find out more information about the Thistle Partnership.

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