Trainee plasterers from County Antrim, Edinburgh and Derby have been short-listed for the prestigious Student of the Year at the 2016 Plaisterers’ Training Awards. The awards, established in 1998, are organised by the Plaisterers’ Livery Company in the City of London as part of its commitment to help develop plastering skills for the UK construction industry and recognise the training achievement of colleges, independent training providers and specialist contractors.

Daniel McAteer from County Antrim, Northern Ireland; Thomas Morgan from Edinburgh; and Haralds Jonans from Derby won their way through to the final three in the face of strong competition from students from across the United Kingdom.

The winner will be revealed at the Plaisterers’ Training Awards next month alongside 10 other awards that recognise achievement in training skilled craftsmen of the future. Contenders include colleges, independent training providers and specialist contractors

The shortlist was revealed by Terry Wright, Master of the Plaisterers’ Livery Company, who said: “Skilled plasterers are in huge demand across the construction industry. These three outstanding young student plasterers have been chosen as finalists for the prestigious Student of the Year award after a very competitive process and they fully justify their position.”

The Awards will be presented by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman the Lord Mountevans, who will be attending the Awards Lunch along with construction industry leaders and representative of winning colleges. The awards ceremony takes place at Plaisterers’ Hall, One London Wall, in the City of London on 7 November 2016.

Last year’s Student of the Year winner, Robert Johnson (pictured above), represented the UK at WorldSkills in the plastering and drylining category.