Two construction students from Anglesey were named British Gypsum Student of the Year recently, one for Drylining and the other for Plastering.

Coleg Menai apprentices Matt Low and Jordan Myers, both of Holyhead, were awarded their trophies by David Kehoe, the company's Technical Support and Training Manager. Matt is an apprentice with local firm M.J. Hughes Fireplaces and Stoves, and Jordan for G. Jones Plastering.

Part of the Saint-Gobain group, British Gypsum is the UK's leading manufacturer of interior lining systems. In order to promote excellence in the industry, the company have developed the Thistle Partnership, which gives students at 75 further education colleges across the UK access to resources, such as step-by-step videos, project tasks, brochures, guides, training and technical support from experts through a Learning Hub.

The company also donates technical expertise and free material to the UK's largest construction skills competition, SkillBuild.

Plastering lecturer Mike Gashe said,

Both Matt and Jordan have excelled in their work, rising to meet challenges time and again. We're extremely proud of the high standards they have both achieved, and are also very grateful for the continued support given to our students by British Gypsum.

David Kehoe said,

I've worked closely with Coleg Menai for some time now, and it's really encouraging to see so many talented young dryliners and plasterers coming through. By donating the materials, we can ensure apprentices are learning with the best products available and are entering the world of work with the skills they need. At British Gypsum, we are committed to supporting the next generation of tradespeople.

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