As part of its focus on skill building, Gyproc the gypsum business unit of the 41 Billion Euro Saint-Gobain group of France in partnership with NAC (National Academy of Construction) and GMR Varalakshmi Foundation launched skill building programs in Hyderabad where unskilled youth will be taught the in demand and fast growing skill of false ceilings and drywall partitions, with an aim of making them employable and capable of earning a livelihood.
Gyproc is the world’s leading manufacturer of ceilings, drywalls and gypsum plasters. The company is a pioneer in introducing lightweight interior construction practices in the Indian market, and its products and systems are the preferred choice of companies, builders, architects, contractors, interior decorators, dealers and end consumers.
Gyproc will be the knowledge partner in this skill building initiative– wherein its role will be to provide gypsum material, teaching content, train the trainers, training collaterals, mock up’s and display material and in the end provide joint certification for all the students who complete the training.
Gyproc will also introduce its contracting partners, to the training institutes and recommend them to provide employment opportunities to the students post the training. This is Gyproc’s second and third training institutes after the success of the 1st institute which was opened in Lucknow.
In each batch, 20 trainees will be trained for the role of Asst. Technician Dry Wall and False-Ceiling. The training of these trainers will happen at Saint-Gobain Gyproc Academy with complete syllabus support.
The gypsum plasterboard industry is growing rapidly in India driven by the demand for false ceilings as an integral part of home décor and drywall partitions replacing brick and block walls as a more sustainable and high performance construction technology. Drywalls provide significant advantage over conventional building materials such as brick, block and wood as they are light weight (8-10 times lighter than masonry systems), faster to install (30-40% faster), high performance (better acoustics and fire safety ratings) and completely green (100% recyclable).
“Saint-Gobain Gyproc interacts with a large number of stakeholders. And thus, it understands that the society and people around play a major role to help boost economy which in turn leads a country towards development. We believe that we need to give back to the society, by educating them and making them self- reliant. Thus, this collaboration will help us gain momentum in training youth. We not only wish to impart right knowledge and skills in youth, but also contribute towards development of the community we operate in,” said Mr. Venkat Subramanian, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd-Gyproc Business.