The Minister met with Mount Anvil’s CEO, Killian Hurley, our Health & Safety Director, Simon Walker, and with apprentices from Mount Anvil’s National Skills Academy for Construction, to discuss the importance of helping young people into training.
The National Skills Academy is based at Keybridge in Vauxhall, where Mount Anvil, in partnership with FABRICA by A2Dominion, are creating 470 tenure-blind homes, employment space to support 500 – 1,000 jobs, and one acre of landscaped open space which includes public art by British artist Tom Price.
Launched a year ago in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the National Skills Academy provides young people with a step-up to become the construction workforce of the future, providing training for more than 100 young Londoners looking to embark on a career in construction through apprenticeships, NVQs, work placements and work experience opportunities. Additionally, another 500 unique learning opportunities will be offered to local schools, colleges, and charitable trusts to help encourage the next generation of talent into the industry.
The Minister’s visit comes during National Apprenticeship Week and ahead of the introduction of the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy on 6th April, which is intended to address some of the skills shortages felt across the country.
Killian welcomed the Apprenticeship Levy and encouraged the Government to continue to invest in apprentices in order to address a skills shortage in the local labour force: “It is vital that more companies continue to offer apprenticeships to talented young people looking to get into the industry. Programmes like the National Skills Academy for Construction continue to bridge the growing skills gap in the local labour force and bring brilliant employees into the sector. As a values-led Central London developer with a focus on people, we believe that the key to our success is ensuring our business is driven by an array of talented construction workers.”
Gavin Barwell reiterated the Government's position and spoke about the National Skills Academy: "This Government is committed to helping young people gain essential skills and prepare for their future careers. Schemes like the National Skills Academy are playing an important part in achieving that.
"As set out in our Housing White Paper, we're working with the construction industry to make sure there is strong leadership to address the skills challenge. This will help us build the homes this country needs. We need more companies, like Mount Anvil, playing their part and investing in the construction workforce."
Mount Anvil is the only residential developer in London to have been awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status by the CITB.
This visit follows on from previous support from Priti Patel MP, former Minister of State for Employment, and Brandon Lewis MP, former Housing and Planning Minister, in 2016.
Find out more about Mount Anvil’s National Skills Academy for Construction.
Find out more about Priti Patel MP visiting our National Skills Academy.
Find out more about Brandon Lewis supporting the launch of our National Skills Academy.