STUDENTS at Sky Academy in Taunton have had their first experience of the plastering business.

They joined Morrissey Plastering and Drylining in decorating the walls of the new construction project in their school.

Construction company Willmott Dixon have been continuing their work with students from Sky Academy by organising another on-site taster session and site visit providing much needed opportunities for local young people.

The students were guided by workers from the Morrissey Plastering and Drylining company to work on pre-prepped walls that Morrissey had set out to allow them to master the right technique before getting the plaster on the walls as smoothly as possible.

Mike Keal, service manager for programmes for Somerset County Council, said: “Social value is an important part of SCCs construction projects, and it is wonderful to see this directly benefiting the pupils of Sky College.”

Figures suggest the South West construction industry needs to recruit 32,000 workers by 2025 in order for the sector to keep up with demand.