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 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
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 ten Building 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.
Building Lives is now an award winning Community Interest Company and registered Social Enterprise that has brought together former competitors from across the housing and construction sectors to build lives of Londoners. Together we are helping hundreds of people into sustainable construction careers across London - whilst plugging a looming skills shortage in the construction industry that we all know and love.
We partner with construction firms, social landlords and colleges to transform unloved, disused community spaces into bespoke construction training academies. Together we are helping hundreds of people a year secure paid apprenticeships whilst taking steps to reduce unemployment and meet the skill requirements of the future. Since inception, we have established 10 training academies areas across London within the heart of deprived communities.
We currently have Building Lives Academies in these areas, with these partners:
Building Lives will soon be dominating the Construction Apprenticeship market in London, plans to open another 12 academies over the next 2 years means by 2017 we will have 22 training academies in deprived areas across London delivering training to 1798 Londoners a year. With a track record of one in two people we work with going into construction jobs we will be delivering approximately 800 actual jobs a year within that time.
10% of Building Lives apprentices on site are women – industry average is just 1%
80% of apprentices complete their 16 month multi-skilled paid apprenticeships and gain an NVQ Level 2 in Maintenance Operations
86% 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 is25 apprentices for each Apprentice Officer - they see their apprentices weekly at the Academy and visit them on site regularly
We havea 100% recommendation rate from our apprentices
We’re not training for qualifications, we’re training for jobs - by 2017 we will be delivering 1000 apprenticeships a year.
70% of the people we work with are NEETs (young people not in training or education)
40% of our apprentices are ex-offenders and 30% are homeless
50% of apprentices are black, asian and ethnic minority
TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD LIVES