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Helping Londoners get jobs in green projects.

The UK has set a net zero emissions target by 2050. This journey starts by reducing 67% of emissions by 2030, and 78% by 2035. Our Green Academy Hub has been created to meet this challenge head-on.


Britain’s 29 million homes are responsible for more than a fifth of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. Our Green Academy Hub provides a skilled workforce able to retrofit environmentally friendly energy systems to reduce emissions, address the longstanding skill shortage vacancies in the construction sector, and target emerging green occupations. These include:

  • Off-site manufacturing and pre-fabrication roles, where homes are precision-engineered in a factory
  • Gas engineers, plumbing and heating technicians with the skills to install and retrofit air and ground source heat and hydrogen pumps
  • Electrical installation and maintenance roles to install and retrofit electric vehicles (EV) charging points, photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, and other electronic green technologies
  • Green Deal and environmental sustainability advisors and consultants
  • Building design and building information system advisors
  • Waste and recycling management
  • Energy insulation installers
  • Roofers

Our Green Academy Hub partners have extensive links to employers in the green construction sectors, including Wates, Retrofit Works, North London Waste Authority, Morgan Sindall, Vistry Partnerships, and Peabody, who provide training and work placement leading to guaranteed interviews and Good Work opportunities.

The Green Academy Hub programme consists of a range of training pathways. For example:

  • Introductory 2-10 weeks courses on topics such as the Green Deal, sustainability, air and ground source heat pumps, environmental technologies
  • Flexible modular training leading to Levels 2 and 3 qualifications
  • Masterclasses on in-demand roles
  • Courses on emerging technologies such as green roofs, installation of PV panels, smart energy consumption, and electrical installation of EV charging points

Mayor’s Skills Academies

The Mayor of London’s Skills Academies supports Londoners get into careers and the capital’s long-term economic growth as part of the Mayor’s London Recovery Plan in response to the COVID pandemic.

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL), as part of Capital City College Group (CCCG), has secured funding to run this academy.

In total, CCCG has secured £1.5 million £1.5 million to run four academy hubs to help Londoners into Good Work and reduce the employment gap between different groups of Londoners, this includes people who are newly unemployed as well as people facing inequality and who are underrepresented in each sector:

Empowering under-represented groups and low-income households

The training and employment available through the Mayor of London’s Skills Academies is tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of under-represented groups and low-income households and address the entrenched and structural barriers that prevent these groups from accessing sustainable Good Work opportunities. These groups include:

  • People from black and ethnic minority groups
  • Women  
  • Unemployed people
  • People earning below the London living wage  
  • Young people  
  • Lone parents and people with caring responsibilities 
  • Disabled people 
  • People aged 50+

Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) Quality Mark

Our Mayor’s Skills Academies are all credited by The Quality Mark which identifies our academies to be excellent, industry-relevant training in the capital. The Quality Mark Statement also represents our commitment to including a combination of sector-specific questions, and wider cross-cutting issues like diversity and inclusion, sustainability, Good Work and the engagement of under-represented groups. For those who need that extra support, we work with ESF Academies to ensure everyone can benefit from our Academies and sector opportunities. 

Capital City College Group holds the Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) Quality Mark and has been successful in delivering the MCA Construction Hub exceeding all targets. Last year alone, we supported 1,000+ Londoners to secure training and employment in the green construction sector.

The Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) Quality Mark identifies and recognises high-quality construction skills training providers in London.

The Quality Mark sets a high bar for construction skills training provision in London, recognising those organisations that demonstrate that they are addressing industry skills needs, providing quality in terms of the curriculum, routes into employment and links with employers.

Learn construction skills with some of the biggest names in the sector

These Hub partners have committed to the Hub by providing training, work experience opportunities, apprenticeships, curriculum planning, recruitment events, skills shortage research, and jobs.

Morgan Sindall, a key construction and built environment sector employer, Morgan Sindall have 6,000+ staff and a turnover of more than £3 billion.

Wates, is one of the leading construction sector employers.

Peabody, owns and manages more than 67,000 homes in London and the South-East.

Vistry Partnerships, is a leading construction and built-environment regeneration employer.

The Renewable Energy Institute (REI), has been running accredited renewable energy training courses since 1975 in collaboration with leading British, European and Global Universities, and has a wealth of experience in knowledge sharing and career development for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the training Board for the construction industry and a partner in Construction Skills, the Sector Skills Council. CITB have extensive links with trade bodies, training providers and employers to promote our Green Hub and design and develop provision in line with industry needs, creating progression routeways.

Retrofit Works, specialists in retrofitting homes.

Absolute Solar, is an award-winning installer of domestic renewable technology solutions.

North London Waste Authority, providing career opportunities in recycling and waste management.

A flexible and supportive approach to screen skills training

We provide free training opportunities and support packages to help you get a job in construction. We do this by providing bespoke flexible programmes that fit around your circumstances and availability. Our aim is to give you the confidence and skills you need to be employable within 3 to 4 weeks, and a guaranteed job interview with one of our partner employers. Training includes:

  • Workshops in specific personal and employability skills, for example, resilience and communication 
  • Multiple step-on and step-off points for greater flexibility
  • Free additional courses up to Level 3 in a wide range of areas
  • Personal tutors
  • Mentoring 
  • Apprenticeships and work experience including pre-apprenticeships and pre-employment training 
  • Industry engagement and careers support sessions with employers
  • Attending green construction fairs
  • Work experience
  • Equipment
  • Help with job applications, writing your CV and cover letters
  • Personalised information, advice and guidance, careers advice and help with job searches
  • Tailored sector employability workshops 
  • Award in employability Level 1 and Level 2
  • Advice and guidance for self-employment

How to Apply

All our courses are part of the academies. Choose a relevant course, and the Academy will then work with you to ensure you are able to access the course.

Courses include:

See our full list of CONEL courses here. If you are unsure of which study path to take, check out our level equivalence table.

Interested in joining our Green Academy Hub? Contact us by filling out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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