Construction Skills Academy for London announced by Mayor
The housebuilding industry has teamed up with London Mayor Sadiq Khan to launch the Construction Skills Academy.
The Construction Skills Academy forms part of the Mayor's Skills for Londoners programme, and is being launched to increase the number of skilled construction workers needed to meet the capital's skills shortage.
Meanwhile the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund will finance the improvement of facilities and equipment at colleges of higher education, helping students to attain the skills they need to thrive in the construction sector.
A Skills for Londoners Taskforce is also being established to boost equality in the sector and oversee strategy development.
The scheme has partly grown out of a need for more home grown skilled construction workers, especially while London – and the UK as a whole – is struggling with a housing and skills shortage.
In addition, there is uncertainty surrounding the status of EU construction workers when the UK officially leaves the EU after the formal negotiation process. It was recently reported that the UK could lose up to 8% of its construction workforce, with Brexit threatening EU jobs.
The Mayor said: "Now that we are leaving the European Union, it is more important than ever that we make sure more Londoners gain access to the skills they and our economy truly need."
"The further education and skills sector has a vital role to play in making sure all Londoners can truly be part of London’s prosperity", he added.
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