A brand new training centre from TMC and British Gypsum has officially opened. The new facility from Tyne Metropolitan College’s specialist campus for construction, TMC will offer the latest dry lining and plastering qualifications.

Tyne Metropolitan College became one of only four Further Education Colleges across the country to join British Gypsum’s UK College Partner Initiative and gain the prestigious ‘Interior Systems Partnership Programme’ with the British Gypsum Technical Academy. In 2015 TyneMet proudly received the ‘Thistle Partnership Award’ status from British Gypsum, the award means that the plastering and interior systems dry lining provision at TMC will be supported by British Gypsum and TMC learners will receive a whole host of benefits in accordance to the partnership, including a large donation of materials, thistle work wear and kit bags, visits from British Gypsum experts and access to an exclusive partnership ‘learning hub’ which provides an online platform for the latest industry related information and a host of learning resource for Plasterers and Dry Liners.

 With significant investment from British Gypsum and TyneMet, the new centre at TMC will provide a range of training solutions to meet industry demands and address current skills gaps. The impressive centre, opened by Dave Hall, Technical Academy Manager at British Gypsum, delivers qualifications focused around employer needs for the construction industry and facilitates the demand for providing industry relevant qualifications.

The launch event on the 12th November, also featured an exclusive product launch demonstration from British Gypsum supported by 2 previous Worlds Skills Finalists in London 2011 and Sao Paulo Brazil 2015.  British Gypsum are the market leader in providing Thistle Plaster systems, Interior wall linings and ceiling system solutions for the construction industry. TMC Students also received kit bags from British Gypsum and were fascinated by demonstrations from British Gypsum and mixm8, a supplier of TMC’s who specialise in technologically advanced mixing tools for the construction industry.

John Jobling, Managing Director of Mix-M8 Limited, manufacturers of the innovative mixing tool said: “We have worked closely with Peter Moore with the Worlds Skills Team and with British Gypsum and are delighted to see them working together on building our regions future skilled trades. It was great meeting the students and the trainers at the launch event and having the opportunity to support this exciting development. Whilst we are an international manufacturer our roots are local and know that this commercial link with the college is vital.”


Dave Hall, Technical Academy Manager at British Gypsum said: “The opening of the Training Centre is a significant step forward in our determination to partner with further education, to provide the right skills and qualifications that the construction sector readily demands. We identified a gap for sound qualifications in dry lining and made it happen. By working with TyneMet’s construction campus TMC, we are supporting colleges to effectively deliver dry lining and plastering qualifications.

UK World Skills finalists for Plastering and Drywall, Rob Johnson and Jamie Fineran spoke with TMC students about their experiences at the World Skills competitions 2011 and 2015, which prides itself on being a global hub for skills excellence and development by showcasing vocational talent.  World Skills finalist, Robert Johnson a plasterer from Middlesbrough, said “Meeting the students has been great, they are all very dedicated and willing to learn – the new training centre at TMC is amazing and perfectly equipped for dry lining and plastering qualifications. The World Skills competition was held in Brazil which was an amazing experience and an excellent opportunity for me to perfect my plastering skills in a professional working environment, I was proud to represent my country and came in at 5th place. British Gypsum supported me in the competition and without them I couldn’t have got to where I am today. The Training Centre highlights the fantastic work that they do with colleges – it’s an investment for everyone.”

Peter Moore, TMC Teacher in Construction at TMC and World Skills Chief Expert in Plastering and Drywall systems added: “British Gypsum and TMC is working towards great things for the construction industry, it’s great to see so many employers visiting the new Training Centre which truly demonstrates a significant interest in securing dry lining and plastering qualifications.”

Tyne Metropolitan College’s Deputy Principal of Curriculum and Business Development, Audrey Kingham, said: “Education is a fast moving environment and as part of our business strategy we continually strive to meet employer demands. To be recognised by British Gypsum as a trusted, expert dry lining training provider marks our determination, passion and forward thinking business ethos to equip our locality with the latest qualifications. TMC works closely with employers to provide the construction industry with the skills, qualifications and expertise they require to succeed and build for the future.”


If you’re an employer and interested in dry lining and plastering qualifications for your business call 0191 229 5162 or email enquiries@tmcbenton.ac.uk