Josh Street, a plastering apprentice studying at our Construction & STEM Centre has won the Apprentice of the Year Award at the Plaisterers Training Awards.
Josh is an outstanding young plasterer, currently working at Pinewood Studios. His work has seen him contribute to several unique and complex projects, including recent big-budget movie productions such as Star Wars and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Josh was joined in the winner’s circle by fellow college plastering apprentice Max Ashley who finished third. Max is also employed in the film industry, doing exciting plastering projects for Warner Brothers.
On top of that, a third WLC apprentice plasterer, Jon Spraggon, won the inaugural John N Robinson Bursary, picking up £2500 which will be put towards a trip to Lincoln Castle to help a group of students learn crucial heritage skills in plastering.
Josh was extremely proud of his award, and clearly very passionate about the plastering trade.
“I love everything about my job. We meet different people every day, we get given different tasks every day. You can come in and finish a job on Friday, and when you come in on Monday you get given a completely different task that you might never have done before. You keep learning new things, it’s like a never-ending job – it’s not the same thing week in week out.”
Max agreed, saying that it was a unique experience making things for movies, and that his teachers had been incredibly supportive. “It’s really great to see work that you’ve done on the big screen and point it out to family and friends. I’ve always loved movies, but now I really notice plastering work and think about the work that went on behind the scenes.”
The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers have been in London since 1501, and now has educational, training and charitable aims. The Plaisterers’ Training Awards recognise the highest standards of achievement in training and education within the UK plastering trade.
David Wilson, the College’s Apprentice Officer and Lead Internal Verifier for Construction was at the event with our three winners.
“It was a fantastic event for the students, apprentices and college staff and to have their achievements recognised in such auspicious surroundings. As a college we should be very proud of the work our plastering apprentices do in supporting the film industry – an industry in which we are world leaders.”