How British Gypsum supports WorldSkills

What is WorldSkills?

WorldSkills raises the profile of vocational skills like plastering by helping young people to showcase their talents, aspire and motivate to be the best in their given trade.

WorldSkills competitions take place every two years in a different part of the world, and it’s such a major event that it’s also known as the Olympic Games of skills.

So how does it all work? The process begins with regional SkillBuild competitions held at Further Education colleges around the UK. The highest scoring competitors are invited to take part in either the Plastering or Plastering and Drywall Systems skill competitions at WorldSkills UK Live, which is organised by SkillBuild.

The best performers in the Plastering and Drywall Systems skill can progress through to Squad UK to compete at EuroSkills in Austria in 2020. They could then be selected as part of Team UK to represent the country at WorldSkills 2021 in Shanghai.

Much like the Olympics, competitors are tested not only on their technical abilities, but on their time management, character and commitment, and the competitions are a great way to boost confidence.

How is British Gypsum involved?

British Gypsum has been investing in young talent for more than 50 years. We support Further Education colleges through our Thistle Partnership, and we’ve also helped to design both the new Plaster Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards and the recently approved standards for drylining fixers.

On top of this, we support WorldSkills so that we can help inspire the next generation of talented tradespeople. British Gypsum is the lead sponsor of the Plastering skill, and of the Plastering and Drywall Systems skill at WorldSkills UK Live.

We supported the latest WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia, by supplying all of the plasterboard needed for building the working areas for skills such as tiling. We also provided all of the plasterboard, metal and plaster for the Plastering and Drywall Systems competition.

British Gypsum also recently exhibited at WorldSkills UK Live to show young people at the event what a career in plastering is all about; watch the video above to see us in action!

British Gypsum’s David Kehoe is a UK WorldSkills Expert in Plastering and Drylining. This means he’s heavily involved in training the TeamUK competitors, and is a judge in the competitions at WorldSkills. See what David had to say about his involvement with the 2018 competition in Birmingham.

Why do we support WorldSkills?

Plastering and drylining are more than just jobs. They’re trades that take years to master, and they offer career paths can take you all around the world.

Watch this video from WorldSkills to find out more about the competition:

British Gypsum - WorldSkills