LSTA and SIMIAN partnership aims to bridge skills gap

The construction industry contributes almost £100m to the UK economy each year, and despite a slowdown of economic growth, the latest CSN report is suggesting that almost 41,000 additional construction workers will be needed in the south east alone, by 2027.

SIMIAN and The Lead Sheet Training Academy (LSTA) has long recognised the need to provide accessible, high-quality specialist training opportunities for the construction industry, and we are thrilled to announce a partnership with The Lead Sheet Training Academy (LSTA) – the latest addition to our growing line of strategic alliances.

Through this collaboration, SIMIAN and LSTA will deliver short-duration CISRS scaffolding courses at the Lead Sheet Training Academy (LSTA) in East Peckham, Kent, and deliver LSTA City and Guilds accredited courses for those working with lead or hard metals, at our LASC (London Academy of Sustainable Construction) centre in Waltham Forest. This means that access to specialist construction training courses is available in more geographical areas.

Commenting on the collaboration, Dean Johns, Centre Manager at LASC, and John Lewis, Director of Operations & Training at LSTA, said, “Hosting lead sheet training courses at LASC and LASC at the Lead Sheet Training Academy is a wonderful opportunity to increase the diversity of our construction training and provide Waltham Forest and other London and South East residents with access to new skills in green construction. Equally, expanding our scaffolding training offerings into Kent allows for skills development and industry growth in that region.”

To find out more about this partnership, email: or and visit: where more details will be released in due course.