With Crossrail and many other large-scale tunnelling projects in the pipeline the demand for skilled tunnelling and underground workers in the UK and Europe is unprecedented.
TUCA was established in 2011 by Crossrail, to address a shortage of people with the necessary skills to work underground on the transport scheme and on other planned infrastructure projects. Crossrail worked closely with industry partners, professional bodies and other organisations that carry out tunnelling and underground construction work, to ensure that the facilities and curriculum at TUCA would meet curent and future industry needs.
Crossrail invested £7.5 million in the facility and a further £5 million in funding was provided by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) via the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). TUCA also has a number of other sponsors and in-kind contributors of plant and equipment.