Wigan & Leigh College NVQ Assessor, David Winchester, was acknowledged for his contribution to the plastering industry when he received The Lifetime Contribution to Training Award.
David who is a plasterer by trade and self-published International author, joined Wigan & Leigh College in 2015 after a successful career working as programme leader for Plastering at Burnley College during which time he steered the department to ten national awards in ten years. It was during this period of time that in order to develop his knowledge of the trade that he undertook and completed a course at the prestigious University of York on the History of Decorative Plasterwork.
The former self-employed plasterer, who began his professional career in education in 2003, was awarded with the prestigious Lifetime Contribution to Training award from the Worshipful Company of Plasterers at the College Training Awards in London.
David says, “After leaving school I joined my father becoming the third generation of plasterers in my family. After years of working for others and running my own business, I decided it was time to share my skills, experience and knowledge of the industry to the future construction workforce.”
“My career in education has been very rewarding - in 2010 I was awarded the Freedom of the City of London for my commitment to education and training. My knowledge and experience has also enabled to me write three books for the plastering trade. It is fantastic to be a part of developing new and fresh talent; Wigan & Leigh College boasts a high calibre of construction students, one of the highest I’ve seen in my career.” David added.
David’s former students have successfully gone on to establish careers in both Architecture and Quantity Surveying.