03 July 2017
Who are the real life heroes in the plastering industry?
British Gypsum conducted a survey to find out who plasterers view as their plastering heroes, who taught them all they know and encouraged them to work in the trade.
It’s clear to see that family is important in the plastering trade. After asking plasterers about their trade heroes and inspiration for starting their career, more often than not it was their father, uncle or grandfather that inspired them.
Kieron at ID Smith Construction Services got in touch to say this:
“I feel that I owe everything to my dad Ian Smith. He took me on as a young apprentice and I really did struggle to get the basics of plastering, which must of been really frustrating for him. However, he stuck by me showing me things even after work hours – he literally taught me everything I know. Now two years on, I have gone on to win Jewson’s Best Apprentice 2017. And for this my dad is solely responsible.
One of the best bits of advice my dad has ever given me is: when it goes wrong don't give up, and more importantly DO NOT PANIC.”
Vince of Vince Adams Plastering & General Building also told us about his dad saying:
“My dad (Chris Adams) taught me every aspect of plastering from rendering, setting, to plaster moulds and cornice. He's 70 soon and still willing to give me a hand if I need it. He's always there helping people out and is the best plasterer and dad I know - I couldn’t wish for better.
“His best advice has been don't try and rush the plaster, let it do its thing to get the best finish. Treat all customers equally, don't change depending on how rich you feel people may be. Having said that, I know if people are having a hard time and money's tight he's always around to help and never turns any job down, they always lead to another.”
But plastering heroes come from all walks of life, not just restricted to fathers and family members. Neil from Finishing Elements got in touch with us to talk about his mentor, Roy Matthews:
“Roy showed me everything I know, he’s a great guy and was a really patient mentor when I worked alongside him. I started plastering late, about 22-23 years old and did an apprenticeship at 28! Roy inspired me to get an apprenticeship along with many, many tips over the years.”
Looking for more hints and tips? Have a read of our blog with Nick Burke, of NMB Plastering Liverpool, who let us know what advice he would give to young plasterers.