Site Ready Skimming Course
Training more skim finishers to support plastering professionals
A recent Manpower Group Talent Shortage Survey showed that for five consecutive years skilled construction trades topped the list of hardest positions to fill, and plasterers are a major part of that skills gap. One reason for this is that only 30% of construction diploma students then go on to work in the industry.
We know from discussions with UK Federations and sub-contractors that there is particularly high demand for more plaster skim finishers. This role is important as it is not only a step towards developing further plastering qualifications, but also provides greater capabilities on site in support of fully qualified plasterers - who in working with skim finishers can focus on jobs that require other specialised plastering skills.
To help close this skills gap we have changed the way we deliver training in our network of training and college partners, and will now provide an intensive course to enhance trainees’ and students’ confidence, quality, speed and experience. This will help them to be effective on site and put them in good stead to continue their training/development.
Designed for people who already have basic trowel skills, the aim of the British Gypsum Site Ready Skimming Course is to provide attendees with the skills needed to make an immediate contribution on site in support of fully qualified plasterers. All trainees will have a pre-course practical assessment to ensure they have the required level of trowel
The course will last for six weeks and will include a final assessment to ensure candidates are ready to undertake skimming work on site. Attendees who have good trowel skills may complete this course in a shorter time frame, subject to passing the assessment.
Throughout the six weeks, attendees will complete practical training in the key skills required for skimming plasterboard. This will include:
- Straight flat wall application
- Window wall, reveals & beading process (external angles)
- Finishing internal angles (hard angle)
- Services to flat and window walls (socket boxes, pipes, vents)
- Use of different tools including spats, speedskims and plastic trowels
- Bulkhead to ceiling, splayed angle (wall), column/peer and curved wall
- Working in small areas – cupboard, tight spaces, pipes, wires, acute angles – and the use of small tools
The course will be free of charge, and the cost to the sub-contractor will be the labour commitment away from site for the six-week training period.
Dates and location
We are running courses across the country in our partner colleges:
North West Skills Academy
Phoenix Industrial Estate
Train4All Construction Academy
Units 1-4 Jubilee Park
Badgers Cross Lane
"The site ready skim course is a great idea. It’s the missing link between college and the workplace that’s been needed for years. We hope to continue recruiting with British Gypsum's help going forward." - John Marrin, Managing Director, Bluegyp Ltd
"Since completing the course Jack’s attitude towards work has changed for the better, he’s much more of a team player now and he’s keen to learn. His skills have really improved too, he is able to skim walls with confidence and the overall quality of his work is better, so I can trust him to do a job well. I think it’s important as an employer that you recognise when it’s time to step back, even doing some of the labouring yourself sometimes to give young apprentices the chance to improve their skills. Plus, looking for opportunities such as this course, as it will benefit both them and your business.” - Darryl Sinclair, Black Country Plastering