Following the successful launch of its first UK Technical Academy, located in Leicestershire, leading international construction materials company Saint-Gobain is expanding the reach of its training network with the opening of an additional site in Bristol.
Designed to equip construction industry professionals in the region with the skills and expertise required to deliver a more sustainable built environment, the Bristol Technical Academy represents the next phase in Saint-Gobain’s nationwide roll-out of facilities, which will include the launch of sites in the north and south-east over the coming months.
The venue, which includes classroom facilities and a practical area for wet and dry training, will offer a mix of hands-on and theory-based courses covering a range of subjects including internal and external acoustic and thermal insulation, drylining, plastering and flooring.
The drive for low and zero carbon buildings and the supporting legislative changes are resulting in the need to improve the industry’s knowledge and technical capabilities, as construction professionals are faced with products and systems that can require very different skills from more traditional building methods. The Technical Academies will enable trainees to keep abreast of changing regulatory and building design requirements, as well as new products and construction methods, to deliver the green building agenda.
Saint-Gobain’s courses will be developed continually to address the evolving needs of the construction industry. They will also be supplemented by bespoke modules to meet specific requirements. Training will be provided by experts from the company’s UK manufacturing businesses, including British Gypsum, Isover and Weber, leaders in their respective fields. It will be targeted at a range of experienced industry professionals, including contractors, builders’ merchants and architects looking to up-skill, as well as new recruits to the industry.
The Technical Academy builds upon Saint-Gobain’s existing training offer which includes a number of company-specific facilities across the UK and a purpose-built Technical Academy in Ireland covering the Gyproc, Weber and Isover brands. Last year, it also launched the Greenworks Training Academy in Birmingham, which offers a range of courses on sustainable product solutions and renewable technologies, such as solar PV and thermal systems, heat pumps and biomass boilers.