The #loveLIVES campaign to secure the future of Building Lives has passed the half way mark of its £400,000 goal, after Interserve pledged £20,000 today.
Interserve joined several CN Top-100 contractors in pledging £20,000 to the campaign, which has now raised more than £200,000 with several other firms in talks to pledge their support.
Adrian Ringrose, Interserve’s chief executive said: “Interserve is proud to support Building Lives and to be part of this fantastic initiative to help young people gain the skills required to secure apprenticeships in the construction industry.
“At Interserve we are committed to supporting the next generation of professionals. Last year we had 320 apprentices, trainees and graduates on programme across the group and as part of our SustainAbilities plan we have pledged to recruit 500 apprentices by 2020.”
The pledge means that four of the six biggest contractors operating in the UK have now each pledged £20,000 to the campaign, with Laing O’Rourke, Kier and Morgan Sindall also supporters of #loveLIVES.
The London social enterprise is threatened with closure next month after KPMG said it needed £400,000 to stay afloat and ensure almost 200 young people get the construction apprenticeships towards which they have been training.
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.
The campaign was started by Construction News, KPMG and the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.
Get involved in the #loveLIVES campaign:
Visit www.cnplus.co.uk/home/buildinglives/#sign to sign your name to the list of supporters of #loveLIVES.