Mas­ter­ing the plasterer’s art

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

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.

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