July saw the official opening of The London Academy of Sustainable Construction in the heart of Waltham Forest. Cllr Simon Miller from the London borough of Waltham Forest was charged with carrying out the ceremony as a host of proud guests looked on. It’s the newest centre in their portfolio.

This superb centre will continue to deliver the full CISRS scaffolding Curriculum to the highest standards for a range of clients. But it will also maintain a sharp focus on benefiting the residents of Waltham Forest, in the form of Pre-employment Training Schemes (PETS), Green Energy Skills Training, Modern Methods of Construction, Construction Engineering, Digital Construction and Apprenticeships.

SIMIAN MD Simon Hughes explained: “After what has been an incredibly challenging 18 months or so, it’s hugely rewarding to officially launch our newly branded London Academy of Sustainable Construction.

Big thanks to the Simian team, our partners and Waltham Forest Council for their efforts in getting us to where we are today. Our intention is for LASC to become a benefit to the whole Waltham Forest community, and we have already seen some fantastic employment results for residents, but we aim to build on this and get more and more local people skilled and ready for work in the construction and green energy sectors”. 

In fact, the day was cause for a double celebration as Cllr Clyde Loakes also took time to launch the new Green Skills Hub, set to benefit the whole community. The green energy skills hub courses are being developed at LASC as part of the Green Energy Skills Training Alliance (GESTA), a joint initiative between London Borough of Waltham Forest Council, Waltham Forest College, and SIMIAN. The training is planned to meet the skills need for the installation and maintenance of energy efficiency technology for new build construction and the retrofit of existing properties.

Simian Academy Boosts Future of Sustainable Construction
(L to R) Cllr Clyde Loakes (Deputy Chair of the LGA’s Environment Board), Simon Hughes (SIMIAN MD), Cllr Simon Miller.

Neil Bewick, Centre Manager at LASC said: “This delivery marks a significant step forward for the development of our Green Energy Skills Training at the London Academy of Sustainable Construction here in Waltham Forest. Air source heat pump technology is a low carbon heating option for both new build construction and retrofit of existing social housing and private properties. We are keen to support the emergence of this energy efficient technology by providing skills training for installers not only in the borough of Waltham Forest but the wider pan-London and southeast region.”

As a company SIMIAN was established in 2005 by a team of scaffolding industry experts with unsurpassed knowledge, expertise and experience. SIMIAN has rapidly grown to become one of the UK’s leading training and consultancy organisations.

They deliver training courses designed for all levels of personnel from apprenticeships for those just starting out in their career through to courses for advanced level scaffolders, inspectors and supervisors.

It’s worth noting their highly skilled team of scaffolding consultants are dedicated to instilling a safe operating culture throughout global construction, infrastructure and industrial environments.