New City College Hackney, formerly Hackney Community College, is the national centre for mastic asphalt education and training, and relies upon support from the Mastic Asphalt Council (MAC) and its members. The mastic asphalt craft is taught by professional tutors and the traditional time-served apprenticeship is now incorporated into national vocational qualifications, leading to a Level 2 qualification.
MAC aims to protect the future of the industry by supporting apprentices through an intensive three year training programme that will ensure they can install mastic asphalt to the highest standards. The craft training programme is said to be one of the most demanding in the construction industry, and includes practical and theoretical training to use mastic asphalt across a wide range of applications.
This year MAC is running an Apprenticeship Award in conjunction with New City College Hackney. Tutors will assess all mastic asphalt apprentices on factors such as attendance, attitude, progress and technical skill. The judging will be complete by mid-May 2022 for the first award.