Over 1,000 new students have now completed their training at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford, east London.
The Academy, which opened last September, is pushing ahead with an expanded curriculum.
TUCA will train nearly 3,500 people in essential construction skills during the Crossrail project. It has already set industry standards by creating the Tunnel Safety Card qualification – now an industry requirement for those working in a tunnelling environment. The Academy is also playing a key role in getting unemployed Londoners back to work.
A range of pre-employment courses offered at the Academy has already equipped hundreds of long-term unemployed with the skills to help them gain employment. These include an introduction to general construction and metal formwork. Says Claire Parry, head of skills and employment at Crossrail, ‘The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy has been a huge success since opening less than a year ago. Over 1,000 people have now been trained to work on Crossrail and other construction projects.’
Crossrail established the Academy to make good the shortage of people with the skills to work underground on the transport scheme and on other planned infrastructure projects.