Mastering the plasterer’s art
ANDY Lockyer, head of the plastering department at South Kent College in Ashford, continues to train some of Britain’s finest in the art of plastering.
Former student Chris Radcliffe recently won the regional Skill Build competition in Eastbourne and was then entered into the Skill Build national finals held in Leeds, which saw Britain’s best construction apprentices compete for the title of the best apprentice in the country.
Despite Chris’s best efforts he was unable to secure a medal position in the finals, but was extremely proud to have had the opportunity to represent Kent in the competition.
Chris entered the college at 16 and over the last five years has learnt many life and practical skills.
Andy Lockyer has had much success during his six years managing the department. In 2005 his son Adam, who is a fourth generation plasterer, won the gold medal in the national competition held in Glasgow and the coveted Frank Eaton Trophy for the overall competition.
Anyone wishing to study plastering should contact Andy Lockyer at South Kent College on 01233 655633.