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FIS member Measom has worked with Havering Colleges to open the first Drylining Centre of Excellence. The partnership with the college represents an exciting opportunity to educate young people about the careers available in the drylining sector. The purpose-built centre, at the Rainham Campus, will be used to deliver both taster courses in drylining and beginner drylining courses.

Havering College’s Construction Department are really excited to be working with Measom on this Drylining Centre of Excellence. Measom is a highly respected company who, like us, are keen on developing future talent.  The prospect of having their highly skilled staff training new workers is a wonderful opportunity for the students.  This project demonstrates the power of Industry – Education Partnerships.  The future prospects of anyone going through this Centre look great.

Colin Seabrook, Head of Department for Construction & Building Services, Havering College


This partnership has been years in the making for Measom, Andrew Measom, Managing Director, Measom states

Welcome to the best kept secret in construction… nobody knows what a dryliner does. This partnership is the culmination of about 20 years’ worth of work to get something of the ground in the drylining industry. The reality is we need to emphasise to people that there is a career path in this industry, it’s an equivalent of plastering, people just don’t know about it! Organisations like Havering who have really engaged with Simon and his team are going to be right at the forefront of the next stage of development in the drylining industry. The current system is failing, and we need to drive through a change. This is the start of it.

The launch event was well attended with Lord Watson of Invergowrie, the Shadow Spokesperson for Education and Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham & Rainham making an appearance. There were also representatives from the GLA, Saint Gobain, FIS, the LBBD, FATE and Havering Colleges.

“I was privileged to be invited to the launch of the Measom Academy at Havering College. As well as a fabulous new training facility, it is a great way of putting drylining on the radar, a skilled trade with real opportunities, it no longer deserves to be construction’s best kept secret. Congratulations to all involved. We now need to get other contractors involved and using this new gem”

Iain McIlwee, FIS Chief Executive

To maintain the momentum there will be taster days taking place in the new centre within the next month.