Two more of the biggest contractors in the UK joined the #loveLIVES campaign this week as pledges hit £175,000 in three weeks.
After Kier became the fifth contractor to pledge £20,000 last week, NG Bailey and VolkerWessels have also offered their backing to the campaign.
The #loveLIVES campaign seeks to raise £400,000 to secure the short-term future of almost 200 people wanting to become apprentices through Building Lives.
The social enterprise is threatened with closure due to a funding shortfall, unless the amount can be raised to save it and its 37 employees, as well as the people who had been expected to start apprenticeships this year.
NG Bailey this week pledged £10,000 to the fund.
Its chief executive David Hurcomb said: “Initiatives such as Building Lives help to create long-term career opportunities in our industry for young people, and that is crucial if we are to address the skills gaps that threaten not only the construction sector but the wider UK economy.
“But although Building Lives has an important role to play, I hope this also acts as a reminder to all major employers in our industry that the training and development of young people isn’t someone else’s responsibility, it’s ours.”
VolkerWessels has also pledged £5,000 to the campaign this week. It joins other firms such as Mouchel and FM Conway to contribute to the campaign, as well as £20,000 pledges from several of the biggest contractors in the UK: Canary Wharf Contractors Fund, Lakehouse, Laing O’Rourke and Morgan Sindall.
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
Those who offer their support to the campaign via www.lighthouseclub.org/buildinglives can choose whether to have the money returned to them if the campaign fails to prevent Building Lives closure, or to have it used for other, similar, educational purposes in the industry.