Saint-Gobain Technical Academies
Training at the Technical Academies is provided by experts from a number of Saint-Gobain manufacturing businesses, including British Gypsum, Isover and Weber which are all experts in their respective fields. The courses are targeted at a range of experienced industry professionals, including contractors, builders’ merchants and architects, who are looking to up-skill, as well as new recruits to the industry.
The Saint-Gobain Technical Academies have been designed to help combat the industry’s skills shortage and provide training on new technologies and systems, as well as up-to-date information around legislation.
As Building Regulations become tighter, construction industry professionals are finding themselves facing a number of new products and systems that require very different skills from more traditional building materials an methods. The Academies focus on equipping these professionals with key knowledge about the sustainable building agenda as well as the vital skills needed to deliver it.
The first Technical Academy opened at British Gypsum’s East Leake training centre in June 2011, and offers a 2,500 sq ft training facility that can train upwards of 30 people per day, covering a wide range of skills such as internal and external acoustic and thermal insulations, Drylining, plastering and flooring. The Technical Academy at East Leake was shortly followed by the opening of a second Technical Academy in Bristol.
The courses offered will continually develop to keep up with the changing regulatory and building design requirements and additional bespoke courses can also be requested.
This network of Technical Academies builds upon Saint-Gobain’s existing offer which includes a number of company-specific training facilities across the UK, a purpose-built Technical Academy in Ireland, covering Gyproc, Weber and Isover, and the Greenworks Training Academy in Birmingham.