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.

Why has this course been created:

The construction industry is facing a skills shortage for a range of trades. A Manpower Group Talent Shortage Survey has shown that for five consecutive years skilled construction trades topped the list of hardest positions to fill. Plasterers are a major part of that skills gap.

Training Partnerships Director at British Gypsum David Hall explains “Following a very successful 6 week site ready skimming pilot course delivered in 2019. We are now looking at addressing the skills shortage for plastering skimmers nationally and are now rolling this out with high caliber training providers and we are very pleased to announce our partnership with Silver Trowel Ltd who are based in Hampshire for course delivery.”

The course is aimed at supporting college leavers who have completed a level 2 Diploma or similar plastering based training programmes, subcontractors in upskilling their plastering labourers, general labourer, dry lining tapers, fixers. Plus employees working in similar roles, with the skills required to undertake the 2 coat skimming of plasterboards on-site. Helping them to be prepared, skilled and experienced for working on a range of modern building sites. Silver Trowel are also well known for our support of women in construction.

The course will provide attendees with the skills required to make an immediate and positive contribution on site upon completion of their training with Silver Trowel at its training venue in Lee On The Solent Hampshire. Competence of their skills will be proven with every successful candidate will leave with their Red CSCS Card. Which will enable them to begin working on construction sites across the UK
The 6 weeks of training is fully funded by British Gypsum.

Why has British Gypsum chosen to partner with The Silver Trowel Construction Skills Academy:

Silver Trowel has been established since 2008 and is well respected by industry as a trademarked accredited training provider which runs its plastering courses from a modern well resourced 5,000 sqft building in Lee On The Solent near Gosport in Hampshire. Our facilities boast fully heated workshops, canteen facilities, air-conditioned classrooms, a trade counter which stocks tradesman branded plastering tools such as Refina and Marshalltowen. With plenty of on-site parking and easy access routes for our many attendees who travel from right across the UK and beyond.
We are also able to support learners to go on to gain the full NVQ level 2 in plastering by way of on-site assessments should they choose too.

Who is this course suitable for:

Colleges and Private Training Providers who are delivering Plastering Courses for their students. This 6 week skimming course allows students who would like solid progression opportunities to prepare them for working on a construction site.

Construction Employers who may be struggling to employ well motivated individuals who are ready to carry out two coat skimming tasks on site. This 6 week skimming course gives prospective employee’s real-life training instruction which can easily be transferred from the training centre directly to site.

Individuals or Sole Traders with good basic trowel skills who would like to progress in their careers and gain the additional skills to gain more frequent and better site work. If you would like to work with British Gypsum and The Silver Trowel Construction Skills Training Academy on a course that will leave you fully confident in your two coat skimming abilities for working on site. Please call our operations Manager Colin Teagle on 02392 170420 or by e-mailing

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