The Plaisterers’ Livery Company will be supporting a student on the Prince’s Foundation’s Building Craft Programme for the next three years as part of its strategy to support skills development within the finishes and interiors sector.

The first student to benefit from support from the Plaisterers’ Company is Esme Walker, a 27 year old plasterer from Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

The Prince’s Foundation’s Building Craft Programme is designed for craftspeople looking to bridge the gap between basic qualifications and becoming a master craftsperson working in the heritage sector. It runs from July to February starting with an intensive three-week Summer School, in London and Scotland. The course includes placements with specialist firms and organisations, enabling the student to have the best possible opportunity to enhance their skills.

Esme Walker said “I was delighted to hear that my course costs for the Building Craft Programme will be paid by the Plaisterers’ Charity. I am looking forward very much to this wonderful opportunity to learn new skills.”

Peter Baker, Chairman of the Plaisterers Charity, said: “We are particularly pleased that two specific Bursaries established to enhance Heritage skills in plastering, the John N Robinson Bursary and the Spurling Bursary, have enabled us to make this three year commitment. We very much look forward to working with Esme and the Prince’s Foundation.”

Lauren Banks, Programme Co-ordinator at the Prince’s Foundation, said “ We are very excited to have such a talented young plasterer as Esme on the Programme this year and (we) are delighted that the Plaisterers’ generous support will help her and further students over the next two years benefit from all that the Programme can offer.”