A world-leader in the field of sustainable construction has opened a tecnical academy in the heart of Mid Beds.
The facility at Saint-Germain Weber in Maulden Road, Flitwick is aimed to help bridge the skills gap in technical training.
The Saint-Gobain Technical Academy will run a range of training and specialist up-skilling courses.
The multi-purpose centre has been developed to feature innovation and product demonstration areas, practical workshops, lecture rooms and meeting facilities.
The courses from Saint-Gobain’s companies, including Weber, British Gypsum, Isover, PAM and Pasquill, are designed for 10 to 15 candidates and cover topics such as External Wall Insulation (EWI), Internal Wall Insulation (IWI), renders and tiling to concrete repair, construction mortars, roofing, pipework and flooring.
Pádraig Barry, managing director for Weber, said: “The facility is aligned to the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy network and offers training on a wide range of products and systems from a number of Saint-Gobain brands.
“The decision to invest in the Flitwick site creates a more accessible location for installers and trade professionals operating in central and southern regions.
“The construction market is believed to need approximately 180,000 more workers to deliver the planned housing and infrastructure projects by 2018.
“Part of the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy’s role is to facilitate this need but crucially it will also ensure that new and current trade professionals are of the highest calibre, trained on innovative and sustainable systems and have the opportunity to up-skill.”
The opening ceremony on Thursday was performed by Peter Hindle MBE, senior vice-president for sustainable habitat and and Didier Roux, Saint-Gobain vice-president for research and innovation.
All guests were given a tour of the new facilities, as well as practical demonstrations of some of the latest innovative products and training methods.
John Tebbit, CPA deputy chief executive and industry affairs director, delivered a keynote speech.
Saint-Gobain creates and delivers innovative and high-performance solutions to enhance people’s habitats and daily lives.
For further information visit http://www.saint-gobain-technical-academy.co.uk