With approximately 182,000 construction jobs needed over the next four years, but only 7,280 construction apprenticeships being completed annually, there is a clear opportunity to fill a deficit in this field, and get more young people into work.
LandAid is working with Peabody and Building Lives to tackle the important issue of youth unemployment. In 2013, LandAid provided a grant of £28,740 to Peabody with Building Lives. This grant is for the conversion of a Peabody building in Southwark into the Peabody Building Lives construction training academy, the sixth Building Lives academy to be set up in London. Each year the Southwark academy will engage with over 200 unemployed Londoners and provide 50 construction apprenticeships. These apprenticeships will be part of Building Lives’ pledge to support the London Evening Standard’s Ladder for London campaign.
LandAid’s grant is contributing to the conversion work on the ground, first and second floors. In addition to the structural work, LandAid's funding is paying for an outdoor paving area, a conversion of the garden to provide space for wet trades and the repositioning of electrics. Building Lives is employing contractors to do the structural works. The remainder of the works will be carried out by assessors and apprentices from Building Lives academies in other London boroughs.
Join our charity visit for the opening of the LandAid funded project on Wednesday 29 January 2015 by emailing Laureen Walsh, Events & Fundraising Manager today.
Charity visits are a great way for LandAid supporters to see first hand the fantastic work our charity partners do, and the lasting impact their generosity can have. Visits normally take 1-2 hours and usually take place at lunchtime, often with lunch provided. The visits are completely free to attend.