Mapei Academy, a purpose-built training facility in the West Midlands, is a central hub for all the company’s programmes of practical and theoretical training. The facility provides ongoing support for customers and construction professionals covering the company’s product lines and specialisms.
Opened in January 2019, Mapei Academy is located opposite the firm’s UK HQ in Halesowen. It features a 31-seat auditorium for presentations and demonstrations. Dedicated bays are also available for a hands-on experience of wall and floor systems, including those used for installing ceramic and stone finishes, resilient and wood flooring, industrial flooring (resin, Ultratop and Ultratop Loft), structural waterproofing, swimming pool construction, concrete repair, EWI, render and coatings.
All training is provided free of charge and is hosted by experienced trainers and technical personnel for Mapei’s UK team – including Neal Perryman, Adrian Jones, Gary Hardy, Luke Rowberry, Andrew Bradley and Martin Yarker – and is headed up by senior training manager, Jez Mann. Courses for late summer and early autumn include:
Ceramic Tiling Installation Course: 28 July; 31 August; 15 September.
Subfloor Preparation for Resilient Flooring Course: 12 July; 9 August; 6 and 20 September.
Resin Flooring Course: 7 July; 11 August; 1 September.
Ultratop Loft Course: 21 July; 25 August; 29 September.
External Wall Insulation Course: EWI Course: 20 July; 24 August; 28 September.
All training delegates receive presentation notes, refreshments, lunch, a factory tour (subject to availability) and a ‘goodie pack’.
In addition to Mapei’s training programme, the facilities are also available to distributors, retailers, contractors, designers and engineers, and training can be tailored to their specific needs. Meeting room facilities are also available.
The training facility’s sports theme aims to demonstrate synergy with the importance of coaching, dedication and commitment to performance. Mapei has always had strong links to global sport, particularly cycling and football, and is the owner of the Italian Football Club, US Sassuolo Calcio based at the Mapei Stadium, Italy. In the UK, Mapei sponsors its local football team, Halesowen Town F.C., Halesowen Cycling Academy and European Tour Golfers, Adrian Otaegui and Andrew Wilson and Golf Coach, Chris Ryan.
In addition to in-person training, the company also offers a series of free online ‘bitesize’ courses through webinars, which can be accessed at www.mapei.com/gb/MapeiAcademy/training-calendar. RIBA CPD Network Providers and Construction CPD Certification accredited CPD’s are also available free of charge. They can be hosted at customer’s own premises or are available to book at the company’s London City Specification Centre in Clerkenwell, London.