Employment Minister visits Mount Anvil’s National Skills Academy for Construction

The Minister of State for Employment, Priti Patel, today visited our National Skills Academy for Construction at Keybridge in Vauxhall, meeting young Londoners who have been given work experience opportunities with Mount Anvil. Read more below.

The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, The Minister of State for Employment, today visited Mount Anvil’s National Skills Academy for Construction at Keybridge in Vauxhall, which provides young people with a step-up to become the construction workforce of the future.

Mount Anvil CEO Killian Hurley discussed the impact of the recent referendum result with the minister during her visit. He pointed out that 80% of construction staff on Mount Anvil sites do not hold a British passport and expressed concern at the potential impact on housing supply if their status changes as a result of the leave vote.

He told the minister the company wanted to see an increase in the pool of talent available to the industry because of the skills shortage in the local labour force. The Minister acknowledged Mr Hurley’s concerns and recognised it as a challenge facing the industry.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said: "Whether it's laying the foundations of a large construction project like Keybridge or designing a new ground-breaking piece of software, apprenticeships offer exciting opportunities for young people and security to employers. That is why the Government has committed to creating three million more apprenticeships by 2020.”

"Harnessing the talent of our young people and securing a skilled labour force is essential for growth, and I encourage further businesses to consider taking on an apprentice."

Priti Patel MP also recently attended the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for, where Mount Anvil was awarded their 10th consecutive year achievement award. This achievement was one of the many influential factors that have enabled Mount Anvil to gain National Skills Academy for Construction status.

The National Skills Academy for Construction is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to young people. It will deliver a legacy of technical and operational skills to provide the construction industry with the next generation of talented, ambitious and highly skilled construction workers. Support will be provided through a 100 apprenticeships, NVQs, work placements and work experience opportunities for young Londoners. Additionally, another 500 unique learning opportunities will be offered to local schools, colleges, and charitable trusts.

The National Skills Academy is based at Keybridge in Vauxhall, where Mount Anvil in partnership with FABRICA by A2Dominion are creating 449 new homes, employment space to support 500 – 1,000 jobs, and one acre of landscaped open space.

Mount Anvil are the only residential developer in London to have been awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The status is given to organisations that develop first class training and development opportunities through their projects; driving curriculum engagement, apprenticeship recruitment and sustainable employment in the construction sector.

People or organisations who would like more information about the Mount Anvil National Skills Academy for Construction should contact Rosanna Williamson.