The 17th April 2013 saw the official launch of the Hackney Building Lives Training Academy – a true collaboration of partners: Hackney Homes, Harrow College, Manor House Development Trust, Lakehouse, Mulalley and Mansell plus many others.

This partnership has transformed a disused, unloved community centre that was falling apart, into a multi-skilled construction training academy within the heart of the Summit Estate, Stamford Hill.

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It has already helped build the lives of 50 previously unemployed local people aged 16-64, by providing 12 weeks pre-apprentice training and supporting them into paid apprenticeships within the construction industry. And it will continue to offer 50 paid apprenticeships every year. Building Lives is a registered Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company that brings partners together to get local people from deprived communities into sustainable construction apprenticeships.

 Before officially launching the Academy Ken Livingston left his hand print in plaster, along with representatives from all the organisations involved – cementing the partnership.

Ken said

“One of the mistakes of the last forty years under all governments is that schooling has focused solely on getting kids into University, but barely half of all kids will actually make it there. Education has a duty to provide a range of skills and opportunities that lead to jobs”.