The plastering industry is one of two construction sectors to receive government backing in applying new apprenticeship standards after ministers approved the Trailblazer model last week.
British Gypsum has been supporting the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) for the past 18 months in making these new standards into a reality and is delighted that they have now been approved by government. The new Trailblazer Apprenticeships will focus on training that is directly linked with employers’ needs and the skills required in the ‘real world’ of work – for plasterers this means that all apprentices will have optional routes towards solid or fibrous plastering as their final qualification. It is also recognized that plasterers adopt dry lining skills and techniques as part of their job.
Our Technical Support and Training Representative David Kehoe has been central to our involvement in shaping the standards and he commented: “This is the best thing to happen to the plastering industry for a number of years. British Gypsum is pleased to welcome this new plastering apprenticeship, which will raise the standards and quality of tradespeople within our industry. The FMB is to be congratulated for bringing together employers to develop the new standards and this will improve the quality of training delivery for apprentices coming into our industry.”
The new standards come at a crucial time for the construction industry as the skills shortage puts pressure on the sector to not only recruit more apprentices but to deliver higher quality training. This is reflected by recent statistics from the FMB that state 66% of SMEs believe the overall quality of construction apprenticeships has decreased during the past 30 years and over 70% of small construction firms would be more likely to train an apprentice if the quality of construction apprenticeship standards were improved.
British Gypsum believes the new Plasterer Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard is a significant step in the right direction and welcomes the news that it now has ministerial backing.
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