“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. And I am just as proud of Lakehouse, the construction firm I set up in 1988, which I floated on the stock exchange for £142m in early 2015.”
— Steve Rawlings, Found and Chairman of Building Lives
There is a huge construction skills shortage in the UK and yet 25% of young Londoners are still unemployed:
- The 2015 summer budget highlighted how stimulating the UK construction and house building market will play a large part in Britain’s economic recovery.
- London needs to build 49,000 new homes each year to keep up with demand.
- Young people are still not being encouraged to enter apprenticeships or the construction industry during schooling.
- The construction apprenticeship curriculum is dated and out of alignment with the needs of the industry of today.
- Training is often delivered by tutors who have not been working within the sector for many years.
- The average age of a tradesman on site is now 45 years old.
- There is still close to 1million young people out of education, training and employment; 25% of all young people in the capital.
- The cost to the economy of one of these young people is £165 000.
Our new Building Lives Careerships have been designed by industry leaders to help tackle these issues.
You can download a copy of our 2015-2016 Business Plan here.