Nelson plasterer in line for top award

Mark Singleton
Mark Singleton

A Nelson plastering student is in line to win a national award.

Mark Singleton (25), who works for Housing Pendle and is a student at Accrington and Rossendale College, is on a three-person shortlist for the Plasterer’s Student of the Year drawn up by the Guild of Plasterers.

The annual awards ceremony will be held at the Plasterers’ Hall in London next month.

To qualify for the nomination, Mark gained a distinction in his Level 2 course and then progressed on to his Level 3 course, giving up his day off work to study at the college.

If he wins the award – the Sir John Pirie Cup – Mark will receive a cash prize, a copy of Millars (the plasterer’s “Bible”) and a certificate signed by the Master of The Plasterers’ Company.

The competition is open to candidates of all ages who have undergone some form of training and/or assessment while working in the plastering and drylining sector in the last two years.

Programme Area Leader for Plastering at the college Rob Wilson said: “Mark is a very talented young man who is committed to continuous improvement.

“He’s always looking for ways to improve his skills and new things he can learn and that is a fantastic characteristic to have in an industry that is always making advancements in technology and materials.

“Mark also benefits from a great employer in Housing Pendle.

“They have been flexible and really supportive throughout his training and now they are benefiting from that by getting a really skilled and motivated employee who works to a much higher level.”