Construction workers

The Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) Programme

In his manifesto, the Mayor pledged to “establish a construction academy scheme with the housebuilding industry, to close the gap between our ambitious housing targets and the need for more skilled construction workers in London”.

The Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) programme has now launched.

Skills for Londoners Capital Fund

Up to £82m is available for investment into estate and equipment for London's skills providers over the next four years. The aim of this fund is to:

  • respond to current and future skills requirements of employers and learners, improve quality of provision and learner satisfaction, progression and success rates
  • support increased levels of apprenticeship delivery and/or progression to the highest levels of vocational and technical study
  • establish strong and innovative partnerships with employers and local stakeholders

Up to £7.2m of the £82m pot has been ringfenced for investment in construction skills training facilities and equipment under the Mayor's Construction Academy. This element of the funding is only available to MCA quality-marked providers.


More details can be found at Skills for Londoners Capital Fund


About the MCA

The MCA has been set up to help more Londoners train in the skills they need to access construction-sector vacancies on the capital’s housing construction sites. 

It will do this by making the following opportunities available to interested construction skills providers, employers, developers and London boroughs:  

  1. An MCA quality mark, which seeks to identify and recognise high-quality construction skills training provision in London
  2. Revenue funding to create MCA hub leads to strengthen the relationships, and improve coordination, between construction skills training providers and construction sector employers in London
  3. Capital funding for equipment and facilities to support the delivery of high-quality construction provision in London

Through this approach, the MCA aims to: 

  • improve the supply of skilled construction workers required by the sector, creating more opportunities for Londoners to benefit from the available job opportunities (including more women and BAME Londoners)
  • scale-up and extend high-quality provision and initiatives that are already working well across the capital to train Londoners in the skills needed to enter and progress in careers in the construction sector
  • intensify local collaboration, particularly between small and medium sized businesses and construction skills training providers
  • support the development of training provision for the construction of precision-manufactured housing in London

MCA quality marked providers

We are pleased to announce that the following construction skills training providers have been awarded the MCA quality mark:

Barking & Dagenham College; Barnet and Southgate College; CITB Apprenticeships; Havering College of Further & Higher Education; HCUC – a merger of Uxbridge College & Harrow College; Lewisham Southwark College; London South Bank University; London South East Colleges; M.I.T. skills; NESCOT College; New City College; Newham College of Further Education; Prospects College of Advanced Technology; Sigma Group; Simian Risk Management Limited; South Thames Colleges Group; The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London; The STC Group; United College Group; Waltham Forest College; West London College.

Other providers wishing to obtain the quality mark will be invited to apply to do so later in the year.

Find out more

Associated documents for reference below.