British Gypsum reveals online competition winners

Published:  08 June, 2015

Five plastering apprentices have been announced as the winners of British Gypsum’s #BGShoutOut competition.

Following the company’s nationwide search to find examples of high standards of workmanship produced by apprentices, Dan Morrow from Leicester College, Sam Billan from Dearne Valley College, Adam Mala from Bolton College, Jamie Acheson from City of Glasgow College, and John-Paul Holdsworth from Leeds College of Building have each been awarded a PlayStation 4 and a tour of a British Gypsum mine.

The competition, launched to highlight quality plastering apprentice work, saw more than 25 students around the UK submit a variety of images and videos of their finest work across the social media channels Vine, Instagram and Twitter.

Dave Hall, technical academy manager at British Gypsum, said: “We awarded the prizes to the entries that depicted the best practice we demonstrate [with] the resources we provide through our Learning Hub.

“[We use] the latest materials on the market to really demonstrate what apprentices are capable of and how dedicated they are to their course and the industry as a whole, so it’s great to be able to reward them for their contributions.”

One of the winners, Dan Morrow from Leicester College, said: “This is a massive achievement for myself and my college. It’s a big encouragement to see my hard work being recognised.”

British Gypsum supports apprentices through the Thistle Partnership, which runs across 69 further education colleges across the UK and includes access to the Learning Hub, an online resource that supports young plasterers with access to educational materials.

Sign Up

For the Builders' Merchants News enewsletter.

In the spotlight


Builders Merchants Vacancies – UK Wide

At Arco, we are an industry specific recruitment consultancy, providing sales and managerial staff Nationwide to Merchants, Distributors and Manufacturers of Building Materials within the Construction Sales Sector. Priding ourselves on our unparalleled customer service and hard work, we offer a fresh, innovative and personal approach to recruitment specifically designed to meet our clients’ needs and candidates’ skills.

Guest Blog by Simon Damp

Is DIY a lost art?

As time goes by, the art of do-it-yourself when it comes to activities around the home and garden is fast becoming more and more of a lost art.