While there is a growing awareness that the building and construction industry needs to adapt to better suit a modern world, the reality is that traditional building qualifications do not provide skills in new building technologies.

This prompted Saint-Gobain Gyproc to establish a training academy. There are three training centres in South Africa located in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Students obtain a qualification in metal and engineering manufacturing processes (drywall and ceiling system installation) at NQF level 2 and 3 from the academy.
 
By the end of 2013 the academy trained more than 330 ceiling and drywall installers. The students are skilled in the installation of interior building materials that are increasingly used in constructing a variety of buildings.

The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MERSETA) accredited learnership runs for the duration of a year.

To qualify for a learnership, potential students need to have passed Grade 10 (minimum), and preferably have had mathematics and science as subjects. Trained artisans who wish to extend their own skills and work experiences are welcomed on the course.
The academy has seen a total of 767 students achieve either a NQF level 2 or 3 qualification.

Saint-Gobain Gyproc
Tel: (011) 345 5300
Website: www.gyproc.co.za