Building Futures - Shalinay Raghavan

Shalinay Raghavan, a lawyer and property developer, set up Building Futures in 2015 to offer women access to the construction industry through training and support.

The only female-led construction social enterprise in Scotland, Building Futures is aimed at addressing the socio-economic inequality experienced by disadvantaged women in Scottish society.

Their current services include: property renovation and refurbishment, painting and decorating, handywoman/ home improvement and end of tenancy repairs. In each of these areas, training offered by Building Futures allows women to upskill and engage in construction-based work activities.

Of the eight women who undertook a 12 week “CIC Start into Construction” pre-apprenticeship programme designed and delivered by Building Futures, five have been supported into construction related employment; three secured craft apprenticeships and three are undertaking further certificated studies at college.

The success of the programme will enable a further 20 women per year to access the “CIC Start into Construction” course through a revenue grant from Women’s Fund for Scotland. The aim is for future courses to reach 80 women per year.

Between January 2016 and 2017, Building Futures carried out renovation as well as painting and decorating projects for their key partner, social enterprise letting agency Homes for Good. They have also developed relationships with major players in the construction sector including BAM Construction, CCG and Morgan Sindall.

Founder Shalinay said:

Getting onto the LaunchMe programme is a game-changer; it will allow us to take on staff and expand further into property development, which will provide income to support our other services and create more significant social impact.

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