On the 18 November, founder and CEO of New Coat Plastering Services, Jordan Simmons, came to speak to Maintenance and Operations Level 2 students at Croydon College.
The CEO did a presentation that gave the students an insight into his background. New Coat Plastering Services has been running for four years but Jordan has been in the trade for 10 years. The plastering professional went to college to learn plastering and studied NVQ Level 2. Jordan did work experience with a company for three years; got an apprenticeship for another two years. After completing his apprenticeship, the founder and CEO decided to branch out on his own and grew his own clientele through liaising with the general public.
He emphasised to the students that learning any trade whether it is plastering, plumbing, electrics, carpentry, is something that you can take throughout your life and if you decide to change, you still have the qualification under your belt. Jordan stated that with a career in plastering, “Your imagination can take you anywhere. It doesn’t stop, it is uncapped. You can open up shops, franchises and even companies abroad potentially.”
With engaged students listening, Jordan reminded them, “Plastering isn’t just plastering a wall; there’s plaster boarding, skimming, rendering and other more detailed elements which you can see in places like Victorian houses. There are loads of different avenues in plastering that you can take.”
Coming back to college to do demonstrations gave Jordan memories of how the workshops are set out and different stages like plaster boarding and plastering in general. The CEO watched and advised students as they did live demonstrations and he participated too.
The students enjoyed their time learning from the founder and CEO of New Coat Plastering Services. Jordan reminded them to work hard and that whatever you put in, you will get out. There is no age limit to achieving success.