BMI UK & Ireland has relaunched its National Training Centre as the BMI Academy.
A dedicated roof training centre, the BMI Academy – now a multi-site operation, with its hub in South Cerney, Gloucestershire – offers the chance to develop and improve either knowledge or skills to those in the roofing sector at all levels.
Supporting stakeholders across the construction industry, the BMI Academy delivers training to architects, contractors, housebuilders, merchants and public authorities for both pitched and flat roofing. The aim is to provide a high level of collaboration with specification and site professionals – improving standards, understanding, and the use of new technologies and techniques. On offer is a mix of theory and practical courses, from RIBA-approved CPDs to installation and estimating courses.
For medium to large size firms, bespoke and mobile training services are available on demand meaning that BMI is able to tailor courses to suit a company’s specific needs and run them either at their sites in Gloucester and Manchester, or at a company’s own location.
Mat Woodyatt, BMI Technical Training Manager, explained how the company’s commitment to training dovetails with its approach to customer needs and service: “By providing comprehensive and quality training in industry-leading facilities, we strive to serve both our customers and the sector as a whole; and this philosophy applies worldwide across the Group, hence the shift to being an Academy – reflecting our drive to be a centre of excellence – along with our other co-facilities in the business”.
Mat continued: “By developing and maintaining a skills base, we can help to ensure that roofing flourishes as a sector – and also achieve the high-quality design, installation and workmanship which the sector strives to deliver”.
The company employs three full-time dedicated pitched and flat roofing trainers and delivers approximately 60 hours of training every week. Since opening in 1983, over 45,000 delegates have been trained at the centre – with 2,000 visitors being hosted in 2018 alone.