Jodie Plackett has just completed her level 2 plastering at Derby College, and is now planning to work full time on site. WEST gave Jodie a £75 bursary in 2016 towards plastering equipment.
Who or what inspired you?
I always wanted to be a plasterer from when I was younger. I was a tom boy and a bit of a rebel, and I liked playing with mud!
My uncle was a plasterer, plus my dad’s done a bit of plastering in his life. I spoke with my uncle about it, and he said it’s a good job, you get to know all sorts of people.
What do you like best about plastering?
I like all of it! But I’ve got to say, I like the finish best. Some plasterers rush it but I’m a perfectionist. I’ll spend hours finishing a wall, I like to make it smooth like glass.
What did you think about going into a male dominated trade?
When I first started the course, I was really nervous. I was the only girl in a class of 11 lads and when I got there I got some dodgy looks, which was what I expected. But through the year it got better.
What are your plans and ambitions?
I’ve just finished my level 2 and I’ve been doing bits and bobs of work. I’m wanting to work for about 5 years or so and build up my skills, and I’m hoping to be taken on as a full time plasterer working with my next door neighbour who is a dry liner.
Then when I’ve got all the skills, I want to set up my own company and employ people. I think it will be a women- only company because I’d like to encourage more ladies to do construction.
Any advice to girls thinking of training to be a plasterer?
Do what I did. I went for my goal and I achieved it. I stuck by it – and look where I am now, hopefully getting a well-paid job. Plastering is a mint job.
What did you think when you got your WEST bursary?
I thought I wasn’t going to get it, so when it came through the post I thought wow, I got it, what an achievement for me. I bought a new trowel and new bucket because my others were broke.