Mayor's Construction Academy (MCA) Apprenticeships

What is the MCA?

The Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) aims to:

  • Improve the supply of in-demand construction skills
  • Scale up and extend what is already working well across the Capital
  • Intensify local collaboration, particularly between SMEs and skills training providers
  • Support the development of training provision for offsite manufacturing

There are currently 7 MCA hubs across London.

The MCA-LSBU hub is a partnership of south London boroughs (Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark) and LSBU, Lambeth College, the Skills Centre, South Thames College and Lewisham Construction Hub. Together with developers, contractors, construction SMEs and schools, we aim to work collaboratively to connect the dots and assist both employers and those wanting to work in the construction sector.

MCA-LSBU vision

Establish a world class construction skills programme that focuses on local tri-borough (Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark) employers offering talent progression from schools to higher degree apprenticeships.

What are the benefits of the MCA to you?

If you are interested in working in the Construction & Built Environment Sector and live in South London, the MCA LSBU can assist in the following ways:

  • Refer you to the Skills Centre for Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and health and safety training to obtain your CSCS cards
  • Signpost you for advice & guidance on working in construction & career pathwaysevent information on Flyer
  • Assist you in finding the appropriate course for you
  • Assist you in finding work placements/job/apprenticeships
  • Enhancing your skills & qualifications

What is the MCA-LSBU doing?

  • Exhibited with The Skills Centre at CITB Employers Network on 3rd October
  • Exhibited at Skills London on 15-16 November, the largest careers in the UK - and we'll be there again this year
  • Held a work experience workshop for employers at South Thames College on 5 December

See our most recent newsletter (PDF File 1,093 KB).

Looking forwards, in 2020 we will be holding a series of events:

  • Apprenticeship Awareness events. Busting the myths about Construction Apprenticeships
  • BAME & Female Attraction Events
  • Developing more case studies

We have spoken to some current LSBU & Skills Centre apprentices to hear about their experience.

Independent advice and guidance

If you are considering a career in construction and the built environment, but would like some advice and guidance, you can book a call by emailing us at

We can talk through the different types of roles in construction from trade, administration to technical and professional. We can also advise on courses available and signpost you to relevant training providers/colleges.

Watch this space to find out about our exciting partnership with Naturally Talented Me. Through this partnership, you will be able to identify your natural attributes and see what roles you can be matched to. There may be roles you haven’t even previously considered or are aware of!


Case Studies

More information

We can offer training from Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in Construction, CSCS cards to trade apprenticeships to degree apprenticeships in civil engineering and quantity surveying.

  • LSBU CBE apprenticeships & courses
  • Skills Centre – pre-employment programme, apprenticeships, highway maintenance, drylining, occupational work supervision, as well as NVQs
  • Lambeth College – construction & engineering courses and apprenticeships
  • South Thames College- – construction & engineering courses and apprenticeships

If you would like to find out more or get involved with our MCA-LSBU Hub then please email