A long-term supporter of The Construction Skills Academy is former Trade and Industry Minister and former Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party, Peter Lilley, MP.

“I have been an enthusiastic supporter of The Construction Skills Academy since I visited it in the summer and spoke to some of the first young people to complete the course. They explained that what made it so attractive was the guarantee of a job at the end. I am delighted to have played a part in bringing together the Academy and North Herts College which is also in the forefront of the revival of apprenticeships in Britain.

Their collaboration will make the course even more attractive as it becomes a recognised apprenticeship culminating in an NVQ. This pioneering academy simultaneously addresses the skills shortage in the construction sector, while providing young people with jobs and recognised skills.” - Peter Lilley MP

Skills Minister praises Grays’ work in Training and Apprenticeships. “The work the Grays Group is doing in North Hertfordshire with the Construction Skills Academy is a great example of industry taking charge of the drive to create more opportunities for young people and to develop the skills our economy needs.” - Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills

Grays established The Construction Skills Academy in late 2014. It has trained around 50 people in dry lining and interiors and now offers Traineeships and Apprenticeships including Level II NVQ in interior systems in partnership with North Herts College. Grays also offers Traineeships and Apprenticeships to assist its customers’ 106 Planning Deliverables.

In the Press
Local and regional media, ILR Radio and ITV News have all covered The Construction Skills Academy.

The Construction Skills Academy press cuttings

Peter Lilley Mp

Nick Boles(Right to Left) Minister of State for Skills Nick Boles, Marc Gray Chairman of The Grays Group and Grays Dry Lining, Simon Harvey, Group Strategy and Marketing Director, Peter Lilley MP (Hitchin and Harpenden - Constituency MP for and supporter of The Construction Skills Academy, former Minister of State at The Department of Trade and Industry. )