News & Events > MACS Appointed to London Mayor’s Focus Group

MACS Plasterboard Systems are to be part of London Mayor Sidiq Khan’s Mayor’s ambitious new Construction Academy Scheme (MCAS) which is set to be rolled out in early 2018.

MCAS signals Mayor Khan’s intent to establish a London construction academy scheme in conjunction with the house building industry that will produce skilled construction workers who can help deliver on the ambitious housing targets of the nation’s capital.

Mayor Khan has indentified a requirement for 66,000 new homes each year; however there is wide-spread concern that the construction sector currently will lack the capacity to deliver on building the scale of homes needed.

A key part of any solution is creating an approach to increasing the skills base of the sector and this approach must be designed to ensure it meets the needs of construction employers.

The proposed MCAS aims to improve the supply of skilled construction workers required by the sector and thereby create more opportunities for Londoners to benefit from the available work opportunities in the construction industry.

MCAS will scale up and extend initiatives already working well across the capital in training Londoners in skills they need to enter into and progress construction sector careers; and intensify local engagement, particularly between SMEs and construction skills training providers.

“We are delighted that Mayor Khan has asked MACS Plasterboards to become an involved at the outset of such an important training scheme”, says MACS Chief Executive Tom McLoughlin”. “It is a tribute and reflection on the many areas of training in which we already are heavily involved.”

“The Mayor has correctly indentified a troubling aspect of the construction industry, which is the inability to deliver the skilled labour needed to keep pace with building demand.”

“MACS are currently involved with London College training initiatives, so we know the challenges facing the London construction sector, explains McLoughlin.

“We are an award-winning company and produce top-quality apprentices and workers. I look forward to us channelling that experience in the Mayor’s MCAS”, says McLoughlin.

“As a SME drylining and plastering company working throughout London on multiple projects for home builders, we experience on a daily basis the problems of the lack of skilled labour highlighted by the Mayor.”

MCAS will meet in January 2018 to discuss and agree the overall approach of the MCAS delivery programme.