Welcome to Building Lives
Building Lives is an award winning Community Interest Company and registered Social Enterprise.
Our vision is to build lives for everyone
We will do this by
Empowering communities through opportunity
Creating jobs for no profit
Developing productive partnerships
Our values are
We welcome everyone
We are passionate about everything we do
We are committed and we persevere
How it started
Building Lives was established by Steve Rawlings, the founder of a successful construction company. Steve grew up in the East End and started as an Apprentice Roofer himself, 40 years ago. After discovering that 47% of people living in social housing were three generations unemployed, Steve decided he wanted to give something back. So in 2010, in partnership with a social landlord, college and homeless persons charity, the first Building Lives Academy opened its doors in Camden.
The first Academy proved very successful and we realised we had a model that really was helping to build the lives of lots of people. So we set about developing more partnerships and establishing more Academies. There are now fiveBuilding Lives Academies across London.
Each Academy is a unique and important collaboration of partners from various sectors. Partnerships are the backbone of Building Lives and we recognise we can't do any of this alone. The huge team effort, is integral to the success of Building Lives.
Although we are a Social Enterprise, Steve (our CEO) comes from a commercial background and has a great track record of running a successful company. Steve has applied this expertise to develop a sustainable Social Enterprise.
We currently have Building Lives Academies in these areas, with these partners:
We are opening a further six Academies in 2014 including:
Southwark – Peabody Trust
Croydon – London Borough of Croydon
We aim to open a Building Lives Training Academy in every London borough and beyond, helping build the lives of as many people as possible.
10% of Building Lives apprentices on site are women – industry average is just 1%
85% of apprentices complete their 16 month multi-skilled paid apprenticeships and gain an NVQ Level 2 in Maintenance Operations
78% of apprentices go on to sustain employment after they have completed their apprenticeships – often taken on by the sub-contractors they worked with during their course
The maximum caseload is 25 apprentices for each Apprentice Officer - they see their apprentices weekly at the Academy and visit them on site regularly
We have a 100% recommendation rate from our apprentices
We’re not training for qualifications, we’re training for jobs - and so far we have helped more than 130 previously unemployed local 16-60 year olds into sustainable jobs and is growing all the time
TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD LIVES