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Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, KPMG and Construction News launch #loveLIVES campaign

Construction News today announces it has partnered with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and KPMG on a campaign to save the short-term future of Building Lives.

The #loveLIVES campaign seeks to raise £400,000 in 50 days in order to save the short-term future of the organisation established by Lakehouse founder and former chief executive Steve Rawlings in 2010.

The social enterprise has been threatened with closure due to a lack of funding.

It had traditionally received around a third of its funding from the CITB, but had that funding withdrawn earlier this year.

Building Lives and the CITB have today released a joint statement to Construction News in which they pledge to work together.

It said: “While CITB has pledged financial support to all current Building Lives apprentices it has registered, this is unlikely to be sufficient to secure the charity’s financial position in the short term.”

Current status of Building Lives

55 apprentices that the CITB will continue to fund who complete their apprenticeships September 2015.

109 learners who have completed their pre apprenticeship training (level 1) and who were due to start apprenticeships between January and March 2015.

67 learners who are completing their pre-apprenticeship training at Lewisham and were due to start their apprenticeship In April / May 2015.

24 Southwark trainees doing dry-lining traineeships.

16 key stage 4 learners at Building Lives’ Camberwell academy.

Total leaners across all academies: 272

The CITB has fast-tracked payments to Building Lives to help secure its short-term future, but the organisation, which employs 37 people and has almost 200 young students waiting to start apprenticeships, needs to raise an extra £400,000 before June to secure its future.

The organisation is set to reform in the coming months, but Construction News and partners have today kick-started a campaign to raise the required funding and save the future of the trainees affected.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has pledged £50,000 to start the campaign.

Construction News is today writing to the chief executives of the CN100 contractors to seek their support for the #loveLIVES campaign and will be lobbying politicians and construction industry companies to seek their support.


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