Bangor College has awarded Phil Foulkes, a twenty-three year old plasterer from Llanberis, with the Apprentice of the Year award. He came top out of 200 students at Colleg Menai, however left the college last year after completing the final year of his course.
His tutor at the time, Mike Gashe, commended Phil on his achievement, saying,
“He has proved that you can go forward and has done well for himself.”
Foulkes left school without having achieved any qualifications, however he admits that he wasn’t interested in school. Enrolling on the course at Colleg Menai gave him an opportunity to learn something new and learn the skill of plastering, which he both enjoys and is good at.
After finishing his three year course, Phil went on to start his own plastering business, however he is not the only tradesperson in his family. Phil has 6 brothers and sisters, of whom 2 are joiners and another is a fellow plasterer.
The Apprentice of the Year award isn’t the first that the young plasterer has been awarded. He previously won the National Skillbuild Championship gold medal, which had he not now been too old to enter, Phil would have automatically been eligible for a place in the world plastering championships.
Not to have the wind easily knocked out of his sails, Phil has commented that although his immediate focus is on getting his plastering business running, he has plans to make plastering awards that older plasterers can enter a possibility in the future,
“It was a really nice feeling to win the UK competition, and it’s a pity I can’t compete again. What I’d like to do though is establish the business properly and then maybe arrange a competition for older plasterers myself.”
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