Saint-Gobain, the building materials multi-national, has announced a new construction skills academy for Dublin that will train 25,000 new construction workers over the next five years.
Brian Dolan, Managing Director for the Saint-Gobain building materials businesses in Ireland, says the move 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. 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 tripple housing output by 2020.”
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.
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