Name of Company:Lakehouse
Programme Name:Building Lives / Lakehouse Legacy
Staff in London:142

Lakehouse Legacy was established in 2007 to target and expand the number of apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds that Lakehouse recruited. The success of this project led to the development of the Building Lives Training Academy – a registered social enterprise that delivers training and employment for disadvantaged individuals in the communities that Lakehouse works with.

The programme engages 100 people a year on a 5 day taster course in construction, of which 40 move on to a level 1 course in maintenance operations and green building skills. Successful graduates are guaranteed an apprenticeship with Lakehouse or one of their partner organisations. At least 30% of the intake at Building Lives are referred by homelessness charities, with many of the other trainees coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Further training centres are planned in Southwark, Sutton, Greenwich and Hackney. By 2012, Building Lives will generate 200 apprenticeships a year for people of all ages and backgrounds.