Built environment sector
Working together to build brighter futures.
Almost 7% of the national workforce is employed within in the Built Environment sector. Over the next 5-10 years, over 150,000 new jobs will be created. The Prince’s Trust works to provide access to these opportunities for disadvantaged young people across the UK. We are supported in this aim by our Built Environment Leadership Group (BELG), an industry-led initiative formed in 2006 by leading construction firms and industry leaders.
A message from our BELG chair, James Wates, CBE
Read about some of our partnerships
Balfour Beatty were founding members of the Built Environment Leadership Group (BELG) in 2006. Since then, through donations and the generosity of Balfour Beatty employees, they have given over £1.3 million to support our work. In particular, Balfour Beatty have delivered a number of Get into programmes across their UK sites, giving hundreds of young people the opportunity to gain valuable skills and secure employment in the sector. This, in addition to their support of our xl and Development Award programmes, has helped transform the lives of over 3,700 young people across the UK.
Wates have been a long term supporter of The Prince’s Trust since becoming a member of the Built Environment Leadership Group (BELG) in 2008 and current Wates Chairman, James Wates, chairs the group. In 2014 Wates chose The Prince’s Trust as their chosen charity and so far their employees have raised a brilliant £58,000 and provided multiple work experience placements for young people on their sites across the UK.
ISS have chosen The Prince’s Trust to be a charity partner from 2015-2017. The partnership is aiming to raise a fantastic £300,000 over three years. ISS have really got behind the partnership with employees getting involved in a variety of initiatives including the Pedometer Challenge, The Prince’s Trust Wild UK challenge and various running events all raising vital funds for our work. Beyond this, employees across the UK have volunteered their time to help young people prepare for interviews and provided valuable employment experience through work placements.
To mark Costain’s 150 year anniversary in 2015, the company launched the ‘150 Year Challenge’ and called on all its employees to help raise £1 million for charity. Costain has set up its own charitable foundation which will donate £250,000 of the money raised to The Prince’s Trust. Costain employees have wholeheartedly embraced the challenge with some imaginative and energetic fundraising. These include: hiking Mont Blanc, doing various half marathons, London Marathon, triathlons, cycling from London to Paris, comedy nights, abseiling down Portsmouth’s 100 metre Spinnaker Tower, skydiving, a whipped cream challenge, treasure hunts and a Welly Walk.