‘I’d like to thank the academy….’

Business-Dk-Skills-AcademyPictured at the announcement (l-r): Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources; Brian Dolan, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Ireland and Claude Imauven, Saint-Gobain Senior Vice President of Construction Products Sector.

The Irish construction industry has received a major boost with the announcement that Saint-Gobain is to set up a construction skills academy that will train 25,000 new construction workers over the next five years.

‘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,’ Saint-Gobain Managing Director, Brian Dolan, said at the academy launch. ‘We want to replace the ‘lost generation’ of construction workers who have left Ireland or the industry over the last six years. There is a massive shortage of skilled workers in the Irish construction industry, which is a key factor in the lack of housing supply. We are opening this skills academy as a vote of confidence in the Irish building industry, which will triple housing output by 2020.’

Situated near Lucan, Dublin, the state-of-the-art training facility will provide courses for all of the key construction professionals including builders, architects and trades people. The topics covered range from practical site installation to building physics and building regulations

For more information on upskilling yourself or your employees go to 
tech.ie@saint-gobain.ie or contact Saint Gobain, Unit 4, Kilberry Business Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 22 tel. 01 629 8400 www.saint-gobain.ie 

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