London Construction Academy
The Paviors Company has long provided academic sponsorship but, after a thorough review of its charitable objectives, a decision was taken to expand this support and to reach out to a very different group of people. There are real skill shortages in the construction sector in London, particularly amongst technicians and craftsmen. In addition, there are many young people in the City who are low-achievers. Those not in employment or education may have access to training but, too often, this does not convert into a job. This can be a difficult group of people to engage with: most have faced huge challenges in their young lives and need nurturing and encouragement to take those first steps to independence.
It was against this background that, in 2014, the Paviors’ Charity Committee decided to adopt the London Highways Academy of Excellence that was originally set up by Pavior Michael Conway of FM Conway, and to develop it into the London Construction Academy to reflect the wider aims of this education and training initiative. The Academy aims to meet the longer-term aims and objectives of the Company by providing work-experience, training and apprenticeships for the hard-to-reach in London’s boroughs who are not in employment, education or training (NEETS). Click here to see a video about the Academy.
Over the two-week course, candidates benefit from training in health and safety, first aid, customer service, construction sustainability, manual handling and employability. In addition, candidates are funded to obtain their CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card. After successful completion of the course, candidates are awarded the London Bronze Pass and the opportunity to attend interviews to secure employment.
Over 11 courses since 2017, 185 students have commenced a course. Of those who attended these courses, 80 per cent completed a course, 69 per cent achieved a CSCS card, 56 per cent achieved the London Bronze Pass and 43 per cent have gained employment. The Paviors currently budget to donate £50,000 of funding each year. Since 2017, over £150,000 has been invested in the Academy.
The achievements of the latest courses are included in the Paviors’ News section of this website. However, since March 2020 the courses have been temporarily suspended due to Covid. We hope to resume courses in Q4 2021.
Click here to read the recent 2021 Impact Report. This has estimated that, since 2017, over £1.4 million of social value has been created, which represents a return of £9 for every £1 invested in the Academy. Some graduates have now gone on to obtain further qualifications.
In 2016. the Academy won an award for Inspiring Change in the Community from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association.
Funding from the Paviors is crucial to the success of the Academy. However, more offers of job-opportunities for graduates are always needed.
Course dates, contact details and further information can be obtained from the LCA website.
There is an on-going need for apprenticeships to be provided to successful graduates of the scheme by the companies of Pavior members and others. Click here for more details of apprenticeship requirements.