Saint-Gobain, building a legacy in construction training
Saint-Gobain, the French building materials multi-national, recently announced a new construction skills academy for Dublin that will train 25,000 new construction workers over the next five years.
Speaking at the announcement Brian Dolan, Managing Director for the Saint-Gobain building materials businesses in Ireland said: “This is a red letter day for construction in Ireland as it marks the most significant investment in education and training in the industry since the crash of 2008. We want to replace the ‘lost generation’ of construction workers who have left Ireland or the industry over the last six years.”
The state-of-the-art training facility is situated near Lucan, Dublin and will train all of the key construction professionals including builders, architects and tradespeople. Courses will cover a wide range of topics from practical site installation courses to building physics and building regulations courses.
The Saint-Gobain Technical Academy was officially opened by Minister for Energy Alex White, who said: “We need a workforce that is highly skilled and appropriately qualified. This applies not just to construction workers but also to architects, engineers and other construction professionals. Achieving the goal of an energy efficient building, is no longer someone else’s job. It should be the job of everyone on a site.”
Also present at the inauguration was French Ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thebault who highlighted the excellence of Saint-Gobain in green building techniques and energy efficient construction. A year ahead of the 2015 Environmental Conference to be held in Paris, construction multinationals are essential actors who can play a positive part in the building of a positive agenda for environmental change.
Saint-Gobain is the world leader in the habitat and construction markets. It designs, manufactures and distributes building and high-performance materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection.
With 2013 sales of €42 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 190,000 employees. Saint-Gobain has a long history in Ireland, with well-known building material brands such as Gyproc, 77 years manufacturing in Ireland, Isover & Weber each over 40 years in Ireland.