Building Lives is an award winning Community Interest Company social enterprise that provides construction training, engaging, motivating and supporting people of all ages and backgrounds, male and female, to overcome barriers during their journey to work in construction.

Manor House Development Trust is proud to have played a pivotal role in bringing together the partners, securing the new premises on Summit estate and getting contractors on board for the apprenticeships. The course is delivered by Building Lives in partnership with Lakehouse, Harrow College, Hackney Homes and Manor House Development Trust. 

The brand new Building Lives Training Academy in Hackney offers a three tier accredited training model and a route into employment:

  1.  5-day Back to Work taster – BTEC Entry Level 3 in Construction
  2. 10 week course, 2 days per week – BTEC Level 1 in Construction qualification, teaching tiling, painting & decorating, plumbing and carpentry, and soft skills such as teamwork and time-keeping
  3. One year NVQ Level 2 Framework Maintenance Operations Apprenticeship, paid, with on-site work experience, putting into practice skills learned throughout the course

Building Lives Training Academy won big at the Housing Excellence Awards 2013 for the Best Partnering Scheme

For information about joining Building Lives contact Felix Fry on 020 8356 7587 or