Saint Gobain launches its first of many UK Technical Academies at a 2500 square feet facility capable of teaching 30 people a day at East Leake in Leicestershire. The next facility will be opened in Bristol next month.

Peter Hindle MBE, general delegate for Saint-Gobain said "We need to support our customers by helping them seize the opportunities related to the sustainable building agenda. Through the Academy we can provide access to the very latest knowledge and training. And by sharing our resources with them we can work together to close the skills gaps and create the work force to deliver the buildings of the future."

Neil Jefferson, chief executive of the Zero Carbon Hub, comments: “It’s great to see Saint-Gobain’s continued support to helping the UK construction industry. This new Technical Academy will make a real contribution to improving the understanding of the entire construction team in ways that they can minimise environmental impacts and reduce risk, both for those involved and for future owners and occupiers.”

Jonathan Cherry, head of product marketing at British Gypsum, said "As the leading manufacturer and distributor of solutions, products and systems for sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain is uniquely placed to provide expert advice and practical training on a wide range of skills that help make sustainable construction a reality".