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TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Investing in training for the next generation of contractors and professionals, who are aware of the challenges of energy efficiency and sustainable construction, will help provide a solid future for the construction industry. The UK government’s new Green Deal programme is expected to speed up the growth of sustainable building materials for the renovation market sector, and it is important that our businesses are well placed to help their customers by supplying the solutions, advice and training they need.
  • Developing the skills of the future
  • Preparing for the Green Deal

Developing the skills of the future

OUR CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTOR: TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOCUSES ON WHAT WE CAN DO TO BUILD THE KNOWLEDGE OF CUSTOMERS AND USERS OF SAINT-GOBAIN’S PRODUCTS. DEVELOPING THE TALENT, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF OUR EMPLOYEES IS TREATED SEPARATELY AND FORMS ANOTHER OF OUR CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS.

We are helping improve the future skills of the construction sector, through apprenticeship schemes and tailored training at our network of Technical Academies and the Greenworks Training Academy.

In June 2012, we opened our fourth Technical Academy in Erith, Greater London, which joins existing facilities in East Leake, Bristol and Kingscourt in Ireland. Saint- Gobain’s Technical Academies are designed to tackle the industry wide shortage of skills by providing courses that keep up with the changing regulatory and building design requirements. Expert training is provided by employees from our manufacturing business including British Gypsum, Isover and Weber.

In 2012, the Greenworks Training Academy was awarded a Major Commendation for Engagement at the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards. The Awards are a showcase for environmental excellence and innovation. Saint-Gobain’s Greenworks Training Academy - the first of its kind for the construction industry - is a training centre for customers and construction professionals that demonstrates how our products and solutions are installed and operate in reallife settings. It has been developed by our building distribution companies so that their customers can benefit from opportunities in the renewable energy and sustainable building sector. It has delivered more than 50,000 training hours since its launch in early 2011.

 

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Preparing for the Green Deal

We have been preparing for the introduction in 2012 of the flagship Green Deal programme. Launched by the UK government, the Green Deal programme is designed to help homeowners, landlords and businesses make their buildings more energy efficient.

The Green Deal could present significant new business openings for companies in the sector – around 14 million properties will be eligible to have a Green Deal assessment to highlight what measures could be installed to increase their energy efficiency, such as loft and cavity insulation, energy efficient glazing, innovative hot water systems, condensing boilers and controls, solid wall insulation and microgeneration technologies.

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Only professional installers that are Green Deal accredited are able to offer assessor and installer services as part of their business. In 2012 the Greenworks Training Academy, in liaison with our businesses in the UK, became the first training centre in the country to offer the Green Deal Advisor (GDA) domestic course. It permits professional installers who are already certified Domestic Energy Assessors to carry out a Green Deal qualifying assessment and produce a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR). Several of our businesses have also launched their own training courses in line with the needs of the Green Deal.

 

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