Building materials company Saint-Gobain is to establish a new construction skills academy for Dublin that will train 25,000 new construction workers over the next five years.

The training facility is situated near Lucan in Dublin and will train all of the key construction professionals including builders, architects and tradespeople. 

The mostly free courses offered will cover a wide range of topics from practical site installation courses to building physics and building regulations courses.

Brian Dolan, managing director for the Saint-Gobain building materials businesses in Ireland, said the company wants to replace the "lost generation" of construction workers who have left the industry in the past six years.

"There is a massive shortage of skilled workers in the Irish construction industry, which is a key factor in the lack of housing supply. We are opening this skills academy as a vote of confidence in the Irish building industry which will tripple housing output by 2020," he added.

Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 190,000 employees. It reported sales of  €42 billion last year.