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College awarded Mayor’s Construction Academy quality mark

College awarded Mayor’s Construction Academy quality mark

9 July 2018

Barking & Dagenham College has been awarded the Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) quality mark, which seeks to identify and recognise high-quality construction skills training provision in London.

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 various opportunities available to interested construction skills providers, employers, developers and London boroughs, one of which is by awarding selected training providers with the MCA quality mark.

The College will join councils, housing associations, homebuilders and construction companies in being eligible to bid for funding to better coordinate skills training with employers’ needs, as well as engaging with local schools to promote construction careers.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

London is home to some of the most exciting and dynamic talent but there’s no denying we face a shortage in construction skills and that this is hampering our ability to tackle London’s housing crisis. To make matters worse, we risk an exodus of talented Londoners, who could leave the city in large numbers because they can’t afford a good quality home. I’m committed to building the workforce of the future – and a key part of this is recognising the best skills providers across the city and using them as exemplars from which others can learn. London faces a number of skills challenges and today I have laid out my plans to address these and, in so doing, make London’s skills system the envy of the world.

Barking & Dagenham College’s Principal & CEO Yvonne Kelly commented:

“As one of London’s largest providers of construction training, we are playing a key role in helping to close the skills gap in the construction industry in London. We are thrilled that we have been awarded the MCA quality mark in recognition of the high-quality training we provide.”

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