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Creating Brighter Futures Across London

The London Construction Academy is managed by the Worshipful Company of Paviors and it was established to improve skills and employment prospects and to increase avenues to access the construction work force.

Operating up to four, 2-week long courses a year, they have been working with people aged 16 – 65 to increase job prospects, improve confidence, and provide a valuable resource to the construction industry – passionate and skilled workers. Entrants on the course work to gain their London Bronze Pass, and the course includes:

  • An induction specific to the construction industry and working in London
  • Customer-care
  • First aid
  • Obtaining a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card
  • Help with applying for employment

One of the candidates Millie completed the February 2017 course and obtained her London Bronze Pass. She has since gained employment as a Shipper with Tarmac, one of the employers that work with the Academy. She says:

‘I wouldn’t have had this chance with Tarmac without the London Construction Academy. The course provided me with an introduction to working in the construction industry and vital skills together with a CSCS card.’

There are no requirements around age, and the courses accept people including workers looking to improve their prospects, ex-offenders, and the long-term unemployed. The impact of these courses on lives of the entrants is difficult to overstate. An independent government backed study has found that in addition to the ‘intangible’ benefits, including a decrease in depression, improvement in self-confidence and benefit to family relationships, there have been as host of tangible benefits as well. Students have been able to come off benefits, give up housing benefit and gain secure employment. 34% of those that found a job after the course had previously been claiming out of work benefits. In fact, the study showed that over £1,021,000 of social value has been created by the London Construction Academy and the Worshipful Company of Paviors since June 2014, with an estimated social value ratio of £9 for every £1 invested.

This is an exceptional example of how the construction industry can make a huge impact on not only society as a whole, but also on the lives of the individuals that have taken part.

We are looking forward to hearing about the benefits that the program will bring in 2017, already 11 students for courses up to and including Feb 2017, and 10 students from June 2017 have also secured employment or apprenticeships. BITA would like to thank member FM Conway who supports the scheme, for bringing this amazing work to our attention.

Further details on the London Academy of Construction can be found on their website. The next course starts on the 2nd October 2017, and you can apply here.