As work on the Crossrail project intensifies, the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) is launching an expanded curriculum. The new scheme includes new courses and brand new training facilities including a high-tech concrete testing lab.
TUCA will train nearly 3,500 people in key construction skills over the lifetime of the Crossrail project as well as providing training for other construction projects. 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 offers a range of training programmes which provide nationally-recognised qualifications to up-skill those already working in the industry. The Academy also helps students to gain employment on Crossrail and other major projects and has played a key role in getting unemployed Londoners back to work.
Claire Parry, Head of Skills and Employment at Crossrail, said:
“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.
“The Academy is the only purpose-built facility for training people in tunnelling and underground construction with an unrivalled range of specialist plant and equipment.”