Laing O’Rourke chief executive Anna Stewart has said the contractor is backing the #loveLIVES campaign because organisations like Building Lives are “fundamental to the future growth of our industry”.
Laing O’Rourke - one of the largest direct employers in the UK construction industry - has pledged £20,000 towards the campaign to save Building Lives’ short-term future.
Ms Stewart, who became CEO in 2013, urged other firms to come forward and support the campaign.
She said: “Apprenticeships provide enormous benefits to organisations across the UK, both economically and socially.
“With the skills gap in the construction sector only set to increase, we believe initiatives like Building Lives are fundamental to the future growth of our industry, and therefore we would encourage companies to join us in supporting this campaign.”
Canary Wharf Contractors Fund has also this week pledged £20,000 to the campaign to raise £400,000 in 50 days.
Building Lives, a social enterprise in London that helps secure work in the construction industry for young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, needs the money to stay afloat before June.
If it cannot stay afloat, the future careers of almost 200 learners and 37 staff would be under threat.
Ms Stewart added: “By helping young and often disadvantaged people to complete their training and qualify in the key trades, we will provide the next generation with better skills and better job prospects.”
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