Highways Academy wins prestigious industry award
The London Highways Academy of Excellence has won the Civil Engineering Contractors Association’s (CECA) Inspiring Change in the Community Award 2016.
Held in London, the annual CECA Inspiring Change Awards recognise organisations that promote inclusion and diversity in the infrastructure and construction industries.
Originally established by FM Conway and now supported and funded by the Worshipful Company of Paviors, the London Highways Academy of Excellence provides vital skills training for job-seekers looking to begin a career in the construction industry.
The Academy attracts candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, who are given structured support to overcome the barriers that would otherwise prevent them from pursuing a career in construction and highways. This has led to a high rate of completions, which have subsequently been converted into apprenticeships and full-time appointments; helping to meet the industry’s future skills requirements and tackling the skills shortage.
A unique aspect of the Academy’s offering is a fully-funded course designed to give inexperienced, young job-seekers – often from disadvantaged backgrounds – the skills to secure jobs that were previously out of their reach. Called the London Pass, the course provides guidance on key areas ranging from timekeeping and personal appearance through to health and safety, customer care and sustainability.