In order to help meet the demand for skilled and properly qualified Dry Liners on London’s construction sites, we have launched a new specialist Dry Lining apprenticeship. The new apprenticeship will be geared towards fast-tracking people into work by giving them the skills, qualifications and training needed to join the world of construction.
The launch of the apprenticeship coincides with the College being awarded Approved Training Provider status by FIS, (Finishes & Interiors Sectors Ltd), the lead trade body that represents the fit-out sector.
Dry Lining is a modern specialist trade involving the construction of partition walls and ceilings. The sector employs over 35,000 people and is growing. Dry Liners work on a wide range of residential and commercial projects - from houses, offices, shops, hospitals and stadiums through to buildings like the Shard.
The apprenticeship will be delivered by West London Construction Academy, a state-of-the-art learning facility on a live construction site. The Academy is based on one of the most ambitious regeneration projects in London – Southall Waterside built by Berkeley Homes. The 88-acre regeneration site is one of the UK’s first purpose-built construction academies and aims to address skills gaps in construction by inspiring a new generation of London’s construction workers and prepare them for work.
Oonagh McPhillips, Head of Curriculum at West London College, said: “The launch of our Dry Lining apprenticeship is an exciting addition to our portfolio of specialist construction training. We have listened to employers and our new apprenticeship is specially designed to meet their needs. I am confident we will be equipping a whole new generation of construction workers, destined to apply their skills on some of the Capital’s most exciting new buildings.”
Gary Pritchard of BDL Dry Lining a London and South East Dry Lining specialist said: “I give three cheers for the launch of this new apprenticeship! Initiatives like this are vital to the future of construction, to businesses like BDL and to London. I cannot wait to see the first apprentices taken This is exciting for our industry”.