Knauf opens the first plasterboard training center in PH

Knauf Gypsum Philippines, a leading gypsum board and jointing compound manufacturer, has opened the country’s first gypsum board training center.

From left to right: Mark Sergio, Managing Director of Knauf Gypsum Philippines; Alexander Schmidt, German Embassy – Acting Deputy Head of Mission; IO Sarmiento, CFO of Gypsum Philippines; and Charles Ramos, training manager at Knauf Gypsum Philippines.

Dubbed “The Knauf Academy,” the facility is designed to fill the void in demand for more skilled workers in the national construction industry.

Mark Sergio, Managing Director of Knauf Philippines, said the opening of the academy is an important milestone for Knauf in the Philippines.

“The objective of the training center is twofold: we want to ensure that we can improve the capacity, the quality of manufacture and the skills of Filipino installers. We also want to ensure that through this we are able to deliver the best customer experience to our architects, developers and contractor-partners,” said Sergio.

The academy, he added, also aims to improve the employability of skilled Filipino workers in the construction industry, especially in the installation of plasterboard.

“Most of our installers in the Philippines actually learned the trade on the job, and then went on to become foremen themselves and eventually own their own small subcontracting businesses. We want to make sure that we also improve their livelihoods,” said Sergio.

For his part, Alexander Schmidt, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy in the Philippines, hailed Knauf, a German company, for cooperating with the German Investment and Development Corporation or DEG to start the center. of training.

Knauf Academy, located at Lot 35 Block 11 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, can accommodate a maximum of 18 participants. It occupies two floors with three main areas: a hall on the second floor with a classroom where trainees learn the theoretical side of gypsum and other standard drywall and ceiling installation techniques; the reception and exhibition area on the first floor, complete with a small snack bar where trainees can relax during breaks; and a workshop area, also located on the first floor, where trainees can apply what they have learned in theory in real-life use through the various mock drywall installations and where their abilities will be assessed.

The academy’s training modules will help equip learners with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of standard drywall and ceiling installation.

Module 1 consists of an introduction to plasterboard where trainees will learn about its history, production process, advantages, different types of plasterboard, handling and storage, repair and cutting.

Modules 2 and 3, meanwhile, involve teaching trainees how to install a standard concealed wall and ceiling system, where they are introduced to drywall, stud layout, installation components and tools. standard bulkhead and other procedures. This is also the phase where trainees are introduced to hands-on training that involves actual instruction and application of what they have learned.

Module 4 is about taping and joining which covers the types of joining products used and the level of finish.

Sergio said they made sure that the installation itself and the modules not only follow Knauf standards, but also take into account the Filipino context.

“We also need to understand how our installers learn, and we can modify the modules based on that, with an emphasis on hands-on training,” he said.

The Knauf Academy is open to aspiring drywall and ceiling installers who wish to further their knowledge of plasterboard installation, architects, engineers, interior designers, students and other construction industry partners .

For more information about Knauf Academy and how to join the training group, email [email protected] or call (+63) 29116709 ext 4. For further details visit www.knaufapac.com/en_ph

Milton S. Rodgers