Inspiring people from all backgrounds into sustainable construction careers; reducing unemployment and tackling the industry skills shortage.

Together Inspire Generations
We Deliver Quality Training in Safe Environments
Can Meet the Construction Skills Shortage
Build Financial Sustainability
Lives Change Culture

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 1 million 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.

You can download a copy of our 2015-2016 Business Plan here.

Our new Building Lives Careerships have been designed by industry leaders to help tackle these issues.

“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

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