An academy for plasterers will open in a few weeks to try to get young people trained and back into employment. The C & G academy in Markyate, Hertfordshire, was inspired by the founder’s own struggles with employment.
Sam Pimm opened the centre after being influenced by his own personal experiences. Mr Pimm first became an apprentice seven years ago but struggled to find the right venue to continue his studies. When he started out there were very few opportunities around and colleges in his local area only offered one or two year courses instead of the required intensive programmes. The closest suitable place he could find was in Essex.
The academy will run courses that will contain mandatory NVQ requirements. The couses are very flexible with weekend and one week options available for people who require plastering information to complete projects or for those who just want to learn the basics of plastering. Government grants are available for younger people if they require funding.
Mr Pimm said that because unemployment is so high at the moment he wants people to know that there are alternative options to help them back into work. He also added that he knows there are people out there who want to get back into work and his academy is a way of helping them do it.
Plasterers are in demand at the moment as trends are moving towards paint on a freshly skimmed wall and expertise can only be gained in a professional capacity. Plastering courses, like the ones offered C & G Academy, will teach apprentices the basics including how to mix plaster, what plaster is suitable and how to apply the plaster using the right tools.