CWOATA pre-empts Mayor's scheme


When it comes to helping the construction industry move forward, it seems we’re ahead of the game. Well, the Mayor of London’s game, anyway.

In his manifesto, the current Mayor of London committed to establish a Construction Academy Scheme (CAS) with a view to “closing the gap between our ambitious housing targets and the need for more skilled construction workers in London”. This was in response to the widely held view that there is a systemic failure in the provision of construction skills training, with many stakeholders operating in isolation.

As a result, a ‘hub and spoke’ model has been proposed for the Construction Academy Scheme. In this model, a series of hubs will identify where revenue-funded construction skills training is available within each hub’s vicinity that responds to the needs of housebuilding / construction firms with vacancies to fill. Each hub will undertake to engage construction employers offering vacancies and/or work placements/on-site experience, or who are willing to work with the hub’s skills providers to shape or adapt provision to better suit their workforce requirements.

Now, that’s all something of a happy coincidence. Because what’s being proposed under the CAS is exactly what CWOATA is already doing! It seems we’ve pre-empted the Mayor’s plans for helping the construction industry. And, as bids to become a hub in the CAS are now being invited from organisations or consortia who feel that they are qualified to contribute to the CAS, perhaps that’s exactly what we’ll do!

In fact, we’re already talking to a couple of potential partners in preparation for making a bid. Watch this space.


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