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Saint-Gobain supports young workers

Building materials conglomerate Saint-Gobain – parent of Jewson, Graham and Gibbs & Dandy – is sponsoring ‘Teambuild 2011.
The annual competition will see sixty of the UK construction industry’s most talented under 30 year olds complete a series of real-life construction challenges.

Taking place in Oxfordshire between November 18 and 20, the competition will see nine cross-discipline teams compete in five timed heats which require them to deal with the hypothetical challenges that could be faced on a current construction site – the North West Bicester Eco Town.

The five competition heats cover a range of skillsand techniques, from master planning and outline design through to procurement strategy, detailed design and construction. Teams must demonstrate their ability to innovate, propose, adapt, respond to others and work together

They will also be required to incorporate key Saint-Gobain products into the solutions they develop. Saint-Gobain is also sponsoring a prize for the most innovative use of these products.

Judged by representatives from sponsoring companies and industry bodies, including Saint-Gobain, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers), the contest culminates in a ‘final of finals’ on November 20, with teams competing to win £4,600 in prizes.

Lindsey Walker, strategic marketing leader for Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, says: “Teambuild 2011 enables us to support the development of emerging talent within the construction industry, equipping tomorrow’s aspiring construction leaders with practical expertise and knowledge that will help them further their careers within the sector.”

Earlier this year Saint Gobain launched the first of a national network of Technical Academies designed to provide customers with convenient access to knowledge and expertise. Located in Leicestershire and Bristol, the facilities showcase the company’s capabilities to provide cross-brand solutions focusing on a range of construction types and needs.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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