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Building Lives student at work
A Building Lives student at work

07 December 2012

A Social Enterprise offering training in construction skills to teenagers from local schools and academies has opened up at the Thames Reach Employment Academy in Southwark.

Building Lives – the first major employment project to move in and kick-start activities at the academy – aims to help people get the skills and qualifications to find work in the building industry.

It is targeted at 14-16 year-olds whose strengths are less academic and more practical and enables these teenagers to get accredited qualifications in construction.

The 30 trainees spend two days a week at the Building Lives workshops and working on small community projects in the local area to underpin the knowledge they have learnt during training.

Where appropriate, successful candidates will be offered the opportunity of paid apprenticeships at one of the other three Building Lives Academies (based in Camden, Hackney and Sutton) forging a career in the construction industry.

As well as working with teenagers, Building Lives will also be able to help the long-term unemployed and the formerly homeless men and women who use the services of Thames Reach by offering DIY and home improvements courses.

Bill Tidnam, Thames Reach Director, said: “We welcome Building Lives to the Thames Reach Employment Academy and are excited about the opportunities it offers to the local community.”

Steve Rawlings, Building Live CEO, said: "This is the third new Building Lives Academy to open this year but the first specifically dedicated to working with school children. Our programme offers a pathway directly from Key Stage four into paid apprenticeships bridging the gap between education and employment. We are delighted that Thames Reach has given us the chance to pioneer this concept in their fantastic new facility in Camberwell and hope that we can extend our offer to all schools in the area. If there are parents or schools interested than we would be happy for them to email leon.freestone@buildinglives.uk.com ".

www.buildinglives.uk.com