London mayor Sadiq Khan has vowed to help tackle the industry’s skills gap, including opening a construction academy, as part of his bid to address the capital’s housing crisis.
Mr Khan made the promises today as he unveiled his draft housing strategy, designed to drive up the number of affordable homes in London.
The strategy include plans to launch a construction academy for London to “help ensure that training providers and employers are working together as effectively as possible” on training.
It also lays out plans to introduce a London Skills Strategy that will “set out priorities for improving education and skills provision… with a focus on technical skills and adult education”.
The strategy says: “At present, there are not enough people who have the right skills and who want to work in London’s construction industry, and relying on traditional building methods alone will make it hard to significantly increase the number of new homes.