Keith Maer in action.

Maer to head GAI learning programme

Published:  27 November, 2009

LONDON: Keith Maer has become the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers' full-time education manager. The appointment is said to be one of the biggest developments in the GAI's education programme. 

Mr Maer was previously chair of the GAI's Education Committee. He will take up the new role from 1 January 2010.

He will be tasked with accelerating and completing the conversion of the GAI's education programme's materials into an open learning style and completing the change over to electronic and online formats. This process is a key part of the GAI's strategy to modernise and develop its education programme, investing in training and development at a time when many companies are cutting their expenditure.

Mr Maer will also work towards gaining formal recognition of the diploma from outside the architectural ironmongery industry so that companies and individuals can secure external funding for their studies. He will additionally develop further education products for the GAI to offer its membership and other external parties.

"After 40 years in the industry – 20 of which have been involved with education – I can bring a wealth of experience to this new role," he said. "As I say to students, education is not a destination in itself, but a gateway to new opportunities, and I view this new position in the same light."

GAI president Andrew Hall said: "Keith Maer has a passion for the GAI and the education programme, and nobody would dispute his qualifications or question the energy and enthusiasm he has given the GAI over the past 20 years – especially to the Education Committee which he has chaired for the past eight years.

'The educational results speak for themselves. I can think of nobody more suitable to drive the programme forward and take the programme to even higher levels."

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