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Plastering students, Liam Measor, John Carr and John Williamson.
Plastering students, Liam Measor, John Carr and John Williamson.
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THREE lucky students got the chance to get plastered – as they helped to renovate a community resource centre.

The plastering students from East Durham College’s Technical Academy were invited to spend a few days with Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) to get some on the job experience.

l-r Student Liam Measor, Anthony Wilson (FHM Plastering), student John Carr, Michael Francis (FHM Plastering) and student John Williamson.

l-r Student Liam Measor, Anthony Wilson (FHM Plastering), student John Carr, Michael Francis (FHM Plastering) and student John Williamson.

The trio got to help out with the renovation work on The Westgrove Resource Centre in Seaham.

Rob Hutchinson, education manager at the Technical Academy, said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to gain some real work experience, working alongside professional plasterers.”

Anthony Wilson, of FHM, who worked onsite with the students, said: “The lads have been a real asset to work with and if we had the vacancies we would take them on without hesitation.”

Two of the students, John Williamson and John Carr, both 24, had previously been unemployed and joined The Technical Academy through the college’s Routes to Work programme, which is designed to help job seekers secure employment by giving them the skills, knowledge and qualifications.

The programme has already helped more than 100 people into employment in the East Durham area.

Student Liam Measor, 16, from Peterlee, who is studying on a Level 1 Plastering Diploma at The Technical Academy, said: “It was great experience working with FHM, I really hope we get the chance to work with them again during our course.”

The Technical Academy is run by East Durham College and is located in a 30,000 sqft, purpose-built facility on Peterlee’s South West Industrial Estate.

The Academy offers training in a range of construction trades including plastering, tiling, gas, electrics and fitted interiors.

For more information contact 518 5577 or visit www.thetechnicalacademy.co.uk