Find out why Patrick is learning plastering at Able Skills, what he plans to do once he’s finished his plastering course, and what’s next for his learning journey.

Our Student Stories series of blog articles and videos gets you up close to the very people who join us every day to learn with Able Skills. There’s such a variety of reasons as to why someone wants to learn a new skill in the construction or technical trades. Whether it’s to train for a new career or to learn DIY skills to work on projects in their own properties, these stories showcase just a small section of Able Skills’ students.

Next up is Patrick, a farmer by trade, who has travelled from Ireland to do a plastering course at Able Skills.

Read on to find out why he’s doing this particular course, how he plans to put his newly-learned skills to good use, and what he’s set his sights on learning next.

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Can you tell us a bit about yourself, what course are you currently doing and why?

“My name is Patrick and I’m from Ireland. I did the two-week plastering course. First the introduction to plastering and this week the more advanced one.

I have a rental property that I want to renovate. I just wanted to learn a new skill and I heard good reviews about Able Skills.”

What did you think about the plastering course?

“The training was excellent.

The instructors Joe and Neil were really brilliant, and I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt in two weeks.

It was really fantastic, and Neil and Joe made everything so simple, and I can’t believe how much I learnt – even on the first day, from the get-go we were doing loads!”

After completing the course, what will you do next?

“I’m a farmer in Ireland, so I’ll be going back to do that. I have a rental property and I want to renovate it so the skills will come in very handy.”

Will you be coming back to Able Skills to do any other construction courses?

“I hope to do the plumbing course and the tiling course.”

Why did you choose Able Skills?

“I think I just Googled it, and it had good reviews online so that’s kind of how I heard about it.”

Find out about doing a plastering course at Able Skills

At Able Skills, we have a range of plastering course to choose from. Our DIY short course introduces you to the skills to gain confidence and knowledge. Progressing from there, we have intermediate and advanced courses, level 2 plastering diplomas and NVQ Level 2 courses in plastering, as well as dry lining and rendering.

If you'd like to find out more about our plastering courses, come down to our centre in Dartford to get a tour of the facilities and have a chat with staff or students.