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ConstructionSkills has backed our training for the drywall sector

Sir,

I refer to your item about the new drywall training school that is being set up by the Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors (‘Plasterers slam lack of trainee cash’, News, August 9).

The federation has not criticised ConstructionSkills for lack of financial support for a training school, as we did not ask for any.

There has been a lack of training provision for new entrants into the drywall sector. Up until now, the drywall sector has only had plasterboard manufacturers delivering product knowledge courses. The federation, through the industry training group, wrote a technical training programme in 2004 to complement training to NVQ 2 level, and this programme was piloted twice with industry and ConstructionSkills support and funding.

The proposed new training school is specifically for training in the drywall sector and associated trades not currently provided for, but not plastering, as your article suggests.

We have established a drywall training programme, which can be delivered along with additional practical training to make a new entrant into the sector technically competent and site-ready, as demanded by industry.

Emma Tomlin

Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors

London EC4

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