Paul Daynes from Saint-Gobain Building Distribution is pictured centre back.

Saint-Gobain’s employees achieve postgraduate diploma

Published:  10 January, 2014

Employees from Saint-Gobain’s Building Distribution businesses have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma in Multi-Unit Leadership and Strategy at Birmingham City University.

The group of 15, which included senior branch managers and area managers, passed an initial assessment to gain their place on the course, which is specifically aimed at business leaders who wish to develop their strategic management skills.

The employees studied for a year, dedicating their own time to the course, which was comprised of E-learning, online coaching and assignments, averaging seven to eight hours of study per week.

Paul Daynes, HR director for Saint-Gobain Building Distribution in the UK, said: “This is the third consecutive year that employees from Saint-Gobain have studied for the Multi-Unit Leadership Diploma and we continue to invest in this training as it is an invaluable part of our employee development programme.

“This year’s group have put a tremendous amount of work and effort in to the course over the past year, and this is reflected in their 100% pass rate.

“Saint-Gobain works closely with educational authorities across the UK on a regular basis and it is the first in the builders’ merchants sector to achieve this level of qualification.”

The group will have a chance to celebrate at the official graduation ceremony in February. Held at Birmingham Symphony Hall, they will be presented with their diploma by the Vice Chancellor of Birmingham City University.

Also recognising their achievement on the day will be Peter Hindle MBE, senior vice president for sustainable habitat, compagnie de Saint-Gobain and general delegate at Saint-Gobain in the UK, Ireland and South Africa, who is also an honorary doctor of the business school at the University.

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