British Gypsum Site Ready Skimming Course

Silver Trowel Construction Skills Training Academy is delighted to announce its training partnership with British Gypsum to deliver their 6 week site ready skimming course.

  • Duration:
    6 Weeks, Monday to Friday, 9.00am until 4.30pm. (Doors open 8.30am).

  • Venue:
    Silver Trowel HQ, Glorious G6, Daedalus Park, Daedalus Drive, Lee on the Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9FX.

Funded by British Gypsum.

Next Course Dates:
Monday 4th July 2022 (Please call 02392170420 for booking details.)



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 could complete this course within a shorter timeframe, subject to passing this assessment. Our main objective is to ensure that all attendees leave the course confident to carry out skimming work on site.
Attendees will be taken through the process required to become self-employed and understand what this involves.

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
  • Ceilings
  • Bulkhead to ceiling, splayed angle (wall), column/peer and curved wall
  • Skim large wall areas to replicate commercial project work on large jobs

Candidates are pushed to get the plastering meterage on the wall to make sure they can earn a wage on site once they have left the course. This approach brings great benefit in building confidence and demonstrates to course attendees that they have the ability to apply skimming to large wall areas.

Attendees will have direct access to our resident plasterers in the Academies if they need to discuss any issues they are having on site with skimming plasterboards. A tool kit for each attendee will be included as part of the course package and will be provided at the start of the course so skills can be developed with the range of tools which are used in skimming plasterboard.

Course attendees take the set of tools away with them so they can start work on site straight away.

On completion of the course we will fund your registration to gain your NVQ qualification through the OSAT route, which stands for on site assessment and training.

Depending on grant funding in the area you are working in, the cost of your NVQ could be fully funded. If the employer you are working for is CITB registered, a grant of £600 is awarded on achievement of your NVQ, this grant can offset the cost of gaining your NVQ.

For further information please call our operations Manager Colin Teagle:

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