Kier has pledged £20,000 towards the #loveLIVES campaign, with its CEO calling for the wider industry to follow suit and show their support.
The firm, which this week announced the £265m acquisition of Mouchel, becomes the fifth contractor to pledge £20,000 and brings total donations to the campaign to almost £160,000 since it was launched 17 days ago.
Haydn Mursell called the #loveLIVES campaign a “great example of the construction industry coming together to support an excellent cause which has transformed the lives of so many”.
Mr Mursell joins industry leaders including John Morgan of Morgan Sindall and Anna Stewart of Laing O’Rourke who have pledged their support to the campaign.
Canary Wharf Contractors Fund and Lakehouse have also committed £20,000 to the campaign to secure the short-term future of London training social enterprise Building Lives.
Kier site manager Krystle Monaghan spoke with Construction News about how Building Lives helped her turn her life around having been homeless three years ago.
She said: “Building Lives was my springboard. They give you the basics; I did not have anything.”
Mr Mursell said: “At Kier many of our skilled and talented employees have come to us through the apprenticeship route.
“And Building Lives has made a tangible difference to Kier, as we count their new recruits among our workforce.
“Krystle Monaghan is a fantastic example of how Building Lives can help open doors to people, setting them on a path to an exciting and fulfilling career.”
The #loveLIVES campaign seeks to raise £400,000 in 50 days in order to stave off the threat of closure from Building Lives, the organisation that trained around 25 per cent of construction apprentices in London last year.
All money raised is ringfenced in an education fund controlled by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, which pledged £50,000 towards #loveLIVES at the start of the campaign.
Mr Mursell said: “I would encourage everyone in the industry to lend their support.
“Whether a financial contribution or simply spreading the word and encouraging others to help; raising awareness and funds for this cause will make a great contribution to the future of the industry, and positively influence many more young lives in the process.”