New Apprenticeship Programme launched to fill skill shortage

Bridgwater College is to launch a new Interior Systems Apprenticeship and Traineeship with Burnham Plastering and Drylining Ltd from February for aspiring young people who wish to work in the construction industry.

New Apprenticeship Programme launched to fill skill shortage
Steve Spence, Construction Director, Steve Battersby, Bridgwater College and Louis Dean, Commercial Director.

The Apprenticeship and Traineeship comes at a time when demand for new plasterers/dry liners stand at 4,000 by 2018 in the South West, as thousands of new homes and industrial developments start to be built. Modules include general workplace safety, installing dry lining joints, encasements and partition systems.

Steve Battersby, Head of Construction said,

“We have moved quickly to develop this fantastic opportunity for some new traineeships and apprenticeships in this non-traditional trade area. It is clear that interior systems, dry lining, is the latest way that homes are cladded internally and that with all the new developments in Sedgemoor there is a shortfall of skill craft operatives in this field. Alongside the Apprenticeship we will be starting a full-time option from September 2014, and with so many job opportunities readily available, I am sure it will be well received.”

Stephen Spence, Construction Director said,

“We approached Bridgwater College as there is a need for this course to enable our business to grow further. We want to work with apprentices to enable them to strive to reach their goals in completing an Apprenticeship whilst teaching them the high standards needed to work within Burnham Plastering and Drylining.”

Those interested in applying for these exciting new traineeships are invited to attend an Information Evening on Tuesday 4 February from 6pm at the College, to book your place at this event call 01278 655111 or email