Prime Minister visits Mitchell & Urwin partner Leeds College of Building

On Wednesday 22 November, Phillip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his budget speech in which housing and the lack of construction skills were hot topics. To reinforce this message, the Prime Minister Theresa May and Mr Hammond visited Leeds College of Building yesterday to show their support for the industry.  The College is one of the many educational institutions Mitchell & Urwin partners with as part of our Apprentice Academy, which recently won a national award from the CITB.

The Prime Minister and the Chancellor chatted to the students, teachers and apprentices at the college, while outlining their plans for the industry.

As stated in the Budget: ‘The government will support industry to help ensure that there is a workforce ft to build these homes, providing £34 million to scale up innovative training models across the country, including a programme in the West Midlands. The government is working with industry to finalise a Construction Sector Deal that will support innovation and skills in the sector, including £170 million of investment through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Construction skills will also be a focus for the National Retraining Scheme.’

We’re thrilled that the government has made construction skills development a priority in the budget and we’re proud to be leading the way in investing in apprentices. We hope that this focus will spur others into taking action. We invite all of our clients and colleges across Yorkshire to chat to us about how we can jointly train the bricklayers of the future. Please contact Helen Hewson (, our Academy manager to find out how to get involved.