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TV Personality Nick Knowles to Open National Construction Academy in Derby

NCA – National Construction Academy is set to be officially opened by Nick Knowles on the 14th October 2016. The opening ceremony will feature a schedule of events culminating with Nick Knowles demolishing a wall to officially declare the academy on 20 Downing Road in Derby City Centre open.


The academy has been set up to address the skills shortage in the construction industry by injecting fresh new talent into the industry through the delivery of high quality, industry focused apprenticeship programmes.

Nick Knowles is a strong supporter of the academy having recently taken up the role President of NCA.  Nick has used his experience of the industry to influence the development of the programmes. As part of the event, Nick Knowles will welcome everyone to the event including the academies’ employers, guests and apprentices attending the celebration.


In a recent interview, Ian Hodgkinson Co-Founder of NCA commented, ‘It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the progress made so far. We welcome all employers and young people to attend to give them the opportunity to see the fantastic opportunities available to the building trade for apprentices and employers who embrace apprenticeships to grow their business.’


The academy currently offers a traineeship and apprenticeship in bricklaying to ‘Fast Track’ candidates into the construction trade by combining high-quality training and effective mentoring and support for young people.  This will develop them into well-rounded valuable employees in  construction. The NCA traineeship offers candidates extensive support and training to achieve their CSCS card and to understand the practical skills and knowledge required to be a valuable and safe member of a worksite.


NCA is part of Aspire Achieve Advance (3AAA) an Ofsted Grade 1 training provider operating on a national basis.  3aaa has its headquarters in Derby and works with young people and employers in the Midlands.


If you are an Employer looking to transform your business, e-mail [email protected] or a young person looking to take your first steps into a career in construction, e-mail [email protected].        


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