London First, a business campaigning group made up of over 200 leading employers, last night hosted their Infrastructure Awards at the National Gallery.
The ceremony celebrates major achievements and achievers within the infrastructure sector, which contribute to London First’s mission of making the capital the ‘best city in the world to do business’.
There were five awards up for grabs in total and we were ecstatic to be crowned winners of the London Infrastructure Award, sponsored by Bombardier/Hitachi, which identifies businesses who have championed skills development within London’s infrastructure sector.
The award recognises our joint venture with Cat1 Safety Training, the Railway Engineering Project for the Unemployed, which equips unemployed men and women with the skills and qualifications needed to gain access to employment in the railway industry.
This project has had a literal life-changing impact on the learners, with 84% of them now being in full-time employment, contributing to the skills shortage the industry currently faces.
Mary Roberts, Director of Cat1 Safety Training, said of the success:
Cat1 Safety Training is delighted that the hard work that our partnership has been doing to bring awareness of our work to the whole Rail Industry has placed us and Havering College rail academy firmly on the map.
We are extremely proud of this award, which highlights our continued aim of meeting the needs of individuals and employers.