The CEO of one of London’s leading house-builders has challenged the government and other construction firms to deliver more opportunities for the capital’s apprentices.
Mount Anvil is the only residential developer in London to have been awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – the academy provides training for more than 100 young Londoners.
Mount Anvil chief executive Killian Hurley said it was now vital that more companies continue to offer apprenticeships to talented young people looking to get into the industry.
“Programmes like the National Skills Academy for Construction continue to bridge the growing skills gap in the local labour force and bring brilliant employees into the sector.
“As a values-led Central London developer with a focus on people, we believe that the key to our success is ensuring our business is driven by an array of talented construction workers,” he said.
Hurley’s stance is prompted by the visit of Gavin Barwell MP – Minister of State for Housing and Planning and Minister for London – to the academy at Keybridge, Vauxhall where Mount Anvil in partnership with FABRICA by A2Dominion are creating 470 tenure-blind homes.
The academy aims to provide quality apprenticeships to young people, especially to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Barwell met with Hurley and academy apprentices to discuss the importance of helping young people into training, and highlight the work of their National Skills Academy for Construction.
Hurley welcomed the Apprenticeship Levy and encouraged the Government to continue to invest in apprentices to address a skills shortage in the local labour force.
Launched a year ago in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Mount Anvil’s National Skills Academy for Construction provides young people with a step-up to the construction workforce providing training for more than 100 young Londoners looking to embark on a career in construction through apprenticeships, NVQs, work placements and work experience opportunities.
Additionally, another 500 unique learning opportunities will be offered to local schools, colleges, and charitable trusts to help encourage the next generation of talent into the industry.
The visit marked National Apprenticeship Week and ahead of the introduction of the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy on 6th April, which is intended to address some of the skills shortages felt across the country.
Barwell said: “As set out in our Housing White Paper, we’re working with the construction industry to make sure there is strong leadership to address the skills challenge. This will help us build the homes this country needs. We need more companies, like Mount Anvil, playing their part and investing in the construction workforce.”