5 August 2019

Update on the Mayor’s Construction Academy

At the end of July, the Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) held a stakeholder networking event, updating the industry on their work to ensure that the demand of 66,000 new homes needed each year in London is met.

Following on from the presentation delivered at the Build UK Skills Briefing in June, Jules Pipe (Deputy Mayor for Skills, Greater London Authority) set out the three levels of support provided to the Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA):

  • MCA Quality Mark – this demonstrates the quality of curriculum, work readiness and links with employers. There are now four new quality mark providers, taking the total up to 24
  • MCA Hubs – These are improving the supply of skilled workers and raising awareness of careers in construction. They lead organisations local to the area of operation, bringing together training providers and job brokers to make sure skills needs are met at a local level.

A second round of funding of £1.5m will be available in the autumn. This will be for three purposes:

  • applications from new hubs (particularly in south west London where there are no hubs)
  • expansion of existing hubs
  • support for employment brokerage.
  • Capital Investment – Skills for London has a capital fund of £82m. There is £7m specifically for construction skills, modern methods of construction and precision manufacturing. Only providers who have achieved the MCA Quality Mark are eligible to apply.

All seven MCA Hubs provided an overview of their activity:

  • College of North East London
  • London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
  • London Borough of Camden
  • London South Bank University
  • London South East Colleges
  • Transport for London and Ealing
  • Hammersmith and West London College

To ensure the MCA Hubs are successful, all seven are seeking employer engagement, particularly to:

  • send details of vacancies in the hub areas
  • provide work experience opportunities
  • provide details of the skills they need to recruit for.

Building Mental Health, the Supply Chain Sustainability School and Workforce Integration Network will be engaging with all seven Hubs and provided an update on their work.

With two workers in construction taking their own life every working day, Building Mental Health has an online free resources portal, as well as a tool box talk available. They also provide a five-step programme, and employee assistance 24/7 and construction industry helpline app which is available free of charge.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School will be made available to colleges to upskill existing lecturers/Further Education colleges and give new opportunities for young people entering industry. Each SME gets their own learning management system to see which members of the team have completed training.

The Workforce Integration Network aim to improve employment experience of underrepresented groups particularly young black men. They launched in March 2018 with Tideway. The Black Training Enterprise Group (BTEG) is developing a free, practical toolkit for organisations, which is funded by the Mayor.

For more information please visit the Mayor’s Construction Academy website.