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Exclusive: Building Lives and CITB pledge to 'work together'

Building Lives and the CITB have today issued a joint statement to coincide with the launch of the #loveLIVES campaign, launched by Construction News in partnership with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and KPMG.

The statement reads: “Further to recent press coverage of the funding shortfall facing the charity Building Lives, we are pleased that CITB and Building Lives are working together to find ways to allow the charity to continue its good work of supporting apprenticeships to for young people seeking to enter the construction sector.

“Last year Building Lives supported 250 apprenticeships in London, amounting to almost one-third of the total.

“Building Lives acknowledges that it is ineligible for ongoing grant funding from CITB, which is only available to construction companies who are part of the levy system and for apprenticeships where the employer is directly providing construction services. 

“CITB recognises the importance of Building Lives’ work, both for the young people they support and for the construction industry in London, which faces ongoing shortages of skilled labour.

“Building Lives is seeking to put in place a revised business model from later this year which will allow it to not only continue operating, but to expand the number of apprenticeships it supports in the sector, with financial support from the Skills Funding Agency.

“CITB is working with Building Lives to identify and secure interim support to the charity whilst the new business model is put in place.

“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.

“However, today the Lighthouse Charity, Construction News and KPMG (who are all providing pro bono support to Building Lives) launch a special campaign to raise the necessary interim funds required to help existing learners and sustain the future of Building Lives as it moves into its new model.”

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