News & Events > MACS Apprentices Take Top Honours

MACS Plasterboard Systems are pleased to announce its team of Barnfield College Apprentices took top honours this week at a Construction Skills Competition held at Barking & Dagenham College (BDC) in East London.

MACS and Barnfield College began a joint training initiative in autumn 2016 that sees students from the Barnfield Construction Apprenticeship programme spend four days a week working under strict supervision on MACS sites. The students spend the other day each week in class at college.

The Construction Skills competition was held in conjunction with the BDC Inspiration 2017 activities, with apprentices across a range of trades being tested with a variety of challenges.

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The MACS / Barnfield apprentices were tasked to build a 2sqM cupboard, using plasterboard, track and stud. Judging criteria included assessing teams on overall quality, speed, efficiency and teamwork.

The MACS team were the only group to finish the task in its entirety and were declared the winners.

“I am proud of our lads and the way they acquitted themselves during this competition, says Andy Pearce, Sector Area Lead, Construction Apprenticeships at Barnfield College.

“Unlike many apprenticeship programmes, Barnfield College works closely with construction firms, for example, MACS Plasterboard Systems, to ensure its students spend the majority of on-site working in real-time situations and thus taking advantage of being able to translate what is learned in the classroom into what is required on the job”.

Barnfield College apprentices will emerge after two years with Level Two Dry Lining qualifications and an NVQ Level Two in Dry Lining.