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Dunlop Multi Skill 2017 Grand Final!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 16:18:52 Europe/London

Dunlop Multi Skill 2017 Grand Final!

On Thursday 15th June, Eddie, Dan, and Rachel jaunted over to Building Adhesives Ltd in Trentham for the final of the Multi Skill 2017 Challenge. This was it, the culmination of six weeks of college visits, of students becoming college champions and vying for a position in the Grand Final. 

STS and NoMorePly were keen to engage in the Multi Skill challenge as we believe in the impact training can have on the industry. With there being such a skills shortage in the construction sector, it really is key that the future construction workers are inspired to stay within the industry and nurtured to grow and develop, and the Multi Skill Challenge is a great example of that. The Multi Skill Challenge is a great way to engage with the next generation of professionals and give back to them, not to mention encourage them for the future. We were overjoyed to be asked to be partners on this challenge and to work with such a great bunch of people at Dunlop.

Multi Skill Collage 1The day started with a welcome presentation from Debi and Gareth of Dunlop, and then the challenges began. The students were split into three groups and set off on their first challenge.

There were three disciplines in total - Carpentry, Painting & Decorating, and Tiling. Nicola Butcher, double award winning carpenter judged the carpentry challenge with a keen eye; Wayne De Wet, multiple award winning decorating consultant judged the painting and decorating challenge; Dave Rowley, lead judge for the national SkillBuild finals for wall and floor tiling and Training Manager at Dunlop was judging the tiling challenge. Three wonderful judges that are outstanding in their fields, and they were gracious enough to give up their time to attend, for which we were all grateful.

The carpentry challenge consisted of cutting a 90 degree external mitre, 90 degree internal scribe and then finish with a mitred return to the wall.
The painting and decorating challenge consisted of neatly filling in different sized holes with the appropriateMulti Skill Collage 2 material and correctly measuring and applying two drops of patterned wallpaper.
The tiling challenge consisted of correctly installing 12mm NoMorePly onto plasterboard, and then tiling a pattern onto the board including cutting the tiles to size. 

The day progressed and the challenges continued, the college champions expertly completing one challenge after another, whilst being expertly overseen by us, Dunlop and the judges. 

Lunch rolled around and the champions enjoyed it in the Stoke sunshine before heading back in for the third and final challenge of the day. 

The challenges were completed at around 15:00, and the judges went to tally the marks and confer on a winner. The college champions waited anxiously in the auditorium for the announcement. 

Multi Skill Collage 3Finally, after much waiting, the presentation started. Debi handed out certificates and goody bags to all of the college champions, but as always there can only be one winner.

After the votes had been counted and verified, the winner was announced as Jason Skitt of Walsall College! Jason collected his trophy and looked absolutely delighted doing so. 

We at STS and NoMorePly would like to congratulate Jason massively on his win, and thank everyone involved both on the day and throughout the heat stages. 


Here's to #MultiSkill2018!

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 Winner Picture


Comments | Posted in Features By Rachel Kelsey

Dunlop Multi Skill Challenge 2017 is here!

Friday, 21 April 2017 15:06:51 Europe/London

Dunlop Multi Skill Challenge 2017!


Dunlop  has kicked off its Multi-Skill Champion Competition to find the best multi-skill construction studentImage of the Dunlop Multi Skill Logo in the UK with a series of regional college heats. The competition is the only one of its kind in the UK to recognise students across the UK taking the City & Guilds Construction Skills (6219) qualification. 

This year, STS and NoMorePly are supporting the competition and will be attending 20 colleges across the country, alongside Gareth Birks - aka Dunlopman - as well as Dunlop's team of Product Support Technicians to provide free training and present a trophy to the individual nominated by the college to compete in the Grand Final. 

Image of Building Adhesives head office in StokeThe Grand Final will take place on 15th June at Dunlop's head office in Stoke. Judges at the Grand Final this year include Dave Rowley, lead judge for the national SkillBuild finals for wall and floor tiling and Training Manager at Dunlop, Wayne de Wet, professional decorator & renowned industry expert and.Nicola Butcher, aka “The Female Chippy”, a multi-award winning carpenter.

We're very excited to be supporting our friends at Dunlop this year and can't wait for it all to start on 26th April - it's going to be a great couple of months! The winners of each college heat will be posted on NoMorePly and Dunlop's Twitter accounts, so make sure you follow along for updates!


Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

The Y3P Challenge

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:49:50 Europe/London

STS, Dunlop and Ardex conquer the mountains

On Saturday 24th September at 7:50am, in the depths The team before the walk
of the Yorkshire Dales, a small congregation of people met, with one goal in mind - to scale the three peaks. 

Joanne from STS joined GarethJohn and Steve from Dunlop and Lee from Ardex in the shadow of the three peaks. Lunches were packed, thick socks were on and the walk began.

The day started well, with our intrepid explorers scaling the first peak together, but the group split up from thereon out.

Joanne and JohnDespite the split, the teams cracked on, with the challenge being completed by the end of the day. Gareth conquered all three peaks in nine hours, which is a great achievement. 

Joanne said it was one of the toughest things she's ever done and hopes that the next activity involves sitting down! 

Here's to the next adventure!




Image Credit: Gareth Birks & Joanne Hodgkins

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey
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