Posted on 25 November 2022

Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) and Worshipful Company of Plaisterers announced the winners of the new sector Training Awards at a gala lunch held at Plaisterers’ Hall in London.

In front of a packed audience, the winners of the 2022 Training Awards were announced and presented by Alderman Sir Charles Bowman of the Lord Mayors Office.

Leeds College of Building was announced the runner up in the ‘Colleges and Independent Training Providers (large)’ category, narrowly missing out to NPTC College. An award certificate and cheque for £750 was presented to Steve Edwards and Steve Connell who represented the College at the ceremony.

Steve Connell, Assistant Principal at Leeds College of Building, said:

“We were really pleased to represent the College at these awards held at the prestigious Plaisterers' Hall in London. Being in the running for an award for the best large college or independent training provider is indicative of the standing in which our plastering and interior-systems training is held and our reputation for excellence as a national training provider."

Stephen Gilbert, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, said:

“The Company is absolutely delighted to once again host these prestigious awards in our magnificent Hall. This year, in an exciting move forward, we are very pleased to have teamed up with FIS to recognise the achievements of many within plastering and finishes and interiors sector.”

Commenting on the Awards, FIS Immediate Past President Helen Tapper and Member of The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Industry Committee said:

“We are delighted to recognise and reward the outstanding talent, both in students themselves but also training providers and the mentors that work so hard to help the students forge hugely successful and rewarding careers.”

The Awards are a collaboration between FIS and The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers to recognise outstanding apprentices and students, and individuals and organisations that have made a lasting contribution to training and development in plastering and interior trades.

Lecturer Steve Edwards being presented with the award

Lecturer Steve Edwards being presented with the award

The full list of 2022 award winners are:

Student of the Year – Plastering
Winner – Natasha Williams
Runners up – Rebecca Street and Jason Ssebbata

Student of the Year – Interior Systems
Winner – Anna Bell
Runners up – Ignas Kurasavos and Tommy Norton

Apprentice of the Year – Plastering
Winner – Johnathan Donaldson
Runners up – Thomas Devine and Lenny Miller

Apprentice of the Year – Interior Systems
Winner – George Batchelor
Runners up – Archie Downham and Ewen MacIntyre

British Gypsum Trophy
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Saint Gobain Formula Trophy
BCS Plaster Moulding

Colleges and Independent Training Providers (large)
Winner – NPTC College
Runner up – Leeds College of Building 

Colleges and Independent Training Providers (small)
Winner – Craven College
Runner up – Barking and Dagenham College

FIS Member Training Programme
Errigal Contracts

Mentor Award
Rikki Wild – Measom Dryline

Lifetime Achievement Award
Matty McLeish – Tutor, Carlisle College

The awards and event were supported by sponsors Formula, British Gypsum, Go Interiors, Plaisterers Charity, CITB and STEPs.