Launch of the new training facility coincides with the introduction of a new range of courses on such industry issues as the Code for Sustainable Homes, the Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard (FEES) and the Green Deal. These courses will be rolled-out across Saint-Gobain’s technical academy network in Leicestershire, Bristol and now Erith.
Training will be provided by experts from the company’s UK manufacturing businesses, including British Gypsum, Isover and Weber. It is targeted at contractors, builders’ merchants and architects looking to up-skill, as well as at new recruits to the industry.
Saint-Gobain training centres have both classroom facilities and a practical area for wet and dry training, and a product showroom, for both hands-on and theory-based courses.
Other subjects include internal, external, acoustic and thermal insulation, drylining, plastering and flooring, and cover a number of products from across Saint-Gobain’s UK manufacturing businesses.
Saint-Gobain said that tis technical academy network would play an important role in delivering support to the industry for Green Deal work. The Green Deal courses have been developed in partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills. Dedicated training areas have been introduced to accommodate these courses.
Saint-Gobain UK chief executive Peter Hindle said: “Over 2,500 people have completed courses at our Leicestershire and Bristol academies since their launch last year and, following the launch of the Erith academy, our customers in the south east will now have easy access to the same high calibre of training.”