The plastering department at Bradford College has been presented with a bronze award from British Gypsum.
The award, which was accompanied by a donation of plastering products and materials worth £5,000, recognises the high-quality training delivered by the college.
Through its Thistle Plaster Partnership, British Gypsum works in collaboration with colleges across the country to support and reward plasterers of the future. The partnership operates an online learning hub that gives student plasterers access to resources such as how-to videos, project tasks, brochures, guides, training and expert technical support.
David Kehoe, National Technical Training Representative from British Gypsum, attended the college to present the bronze certificate and also hand out some free gifts to plastering students including plasterers’ rules and T-shirts.
He said: “This is the first time we have awarded Bradford College and it is because it does a fantastic job training the students.
“We work with 75 colleges throughout the country and it is always great to come and see the work they do training the next generation of plasterers and getting them industry ready.
“Working with college is a great way for us to get new plasterers to understand our products and for us to help students showcase their skills to employers via our Learning Hub.”
Every year British Gypsum’s Thistle Partnership donates more than 40,000 bags of plaster to its partner colleges, which is enough to plaster 4,540 houses, and enough plasterboard to fit the length of 215 football pitches.
Mark Ireland, plastering lecturer at Bradford College, said: “Receiving the award is great recognition for the hard work of the tutors and students and we are very grateful to British Gypsum for their support.
“The donation of materials is very welcome and allows students to experience a wide range of products during their training, this in turn gives them a confidence in material application enhancing their practical and employability skills.”