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.

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

Find out more

See the associated documents for reference below.