The clicks of keys are audible, as is the discussion about footie, JD Sports, birds and Friday night antics.
Yes – I’m on a study period in the library in Wigan College.
The course covers all manner of internal/external/in-situ/complex and non-complex plastering. I am on a day release (from work not clink!) and am learning all types of new things that I didn’t even know I wanted to learn.
In all honesty I have found my skills gap to be bigger than the grand canyon. This I’m afraid is due to what my previous employer taught me. Now don’t get me wrong here – I learnt to be a very effective and fast Skim Monkey and I’ve earned some good money from it. However, if you asked me to build you a gothic arch, surrounded by Ashlar detailing and a free standing column to run alongside, I probably would have run a mile and shoved a mates number in your hand.
If it is for the social life, the pints, the craic and the 5pm whistle then good luck to you and I hope you do well.
So what I am asking today is, what do you think is the best route in and out of this game?
Should we be pushing our apprentices through college to broaden their skills base asap or, like me, do we gather the life experience with a tin bath on a December morning dreaming of warm shores and then attend college after we’ve experienced that pain later on in our careers?
I’m interested to hear that if you had your time again, what would you do? And what are your plans for the future?
I don’t regret coming into education later on. I have a good practical knowledge of what this trade is about, but I’m so glad that the skills gap I have is being filled by the NVQ and giving me an opportunity to use my trade in other ways.
Send your thoughts through to me as always at Thepinkplasterer@gmail.com
Until the next time keep squeezing it on