Building Lives inspires people from all backgrounds into sustainable construction careers; reducing unemployment and tackling the industry skills shortage. Building Lives has an impressive track record; over the past four years we have engaged with almost 1,000 Londoners.
For every £1 invested into Building Lives approximately £15 is returned to the public purse. Building Lives has only received 49% of government funding to date, 51% has come via private funding. A significant amount of which has been personally contributed by Steve Rawlings.
“I grew up in the East End of London and left school with no qualifications. When I was 15 I started on the tools, helping my dad roofing. That’s when I fell in love with the building industry. To this day, I am proud of the building works I did when I first started out labouring. That is why I established the first Building Lives Training Academy in 2010. I have been rewarded so much by the sector and benefited personally from a construction career that I wanted to give the same opportunity to as many young Londoners as possible.”- Steve Rawlings, Building Lives Chairman and Founder.
Building Lives is bucking the trend. Not only are employment outcomes considered most important and therefore recorded, but also when benchmarked against apprenticeship completion rates of similar providers Building Lives appears top of the league.
To quote former Building Lives apprentice Krystle Monaghan, now Site Manager and Apprenticeship Champion at Kier, who recently featured in Construction News: “Building Lives does exactly what it says on the tin, it builds lives”.