Builders’ merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has launched a new online training academy designed to improve the knowledge and skill base of the UK building industry.

The Howarth Timber Training Academy arrives on the market with a huge array of online courses that will give building professionals confidence across a wide range of specialisms and products.

Each course has a set pass rate and participants are tested at the end to see if they have reached the required level of knowledge. If they pass, they can then print off a certificate to acknowledge the achievement.

The introduction of the Howarth Timber Training Academy is the first step this year in the company’s ambitious digital growth strategy, which will see an extensive e-commerce website follow in the coming months.

Neale Brewster, marketing and product development manager, said: “The aim of the Howarth Timber Training Academy is to assist the staff of companies who do not have readily available access to product information and training facilities. It is also intended to help the development and growth of any trainee or apprentice, which the company may employ.

“We also hope that by providing this information and opportunity it will help our customers gain a wider understanding of the products the Howarth Timber Group supplies and, where applicable, the correct method of installation and maintenance.”

The Howarth Timber Training Academy can be found at