2017 - February 2017

Henry Boot Construction celebrates with Mayor of Barnsley as new Construction Skills Village officially opens 03/02/17

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Her Worshipful, the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Linda Burgess, officially opened the new Construction Skills Village in Barnsley at a launch event on Monday 30 January.

The new Skills Village is a collaboration between Henry Boot Construction, Northern Regeneration, Barnsley College and Barnsley Council and is a result of Barnsley Council's £100 million investment in the Better Barnsley town centre redevelopment.

The launch event began with a welcome from Henry Boot Construction Operations Director, Tony Shaw and Managing Director at Northern Regeneration, Graham Ratcliffe.

Her Worshipful the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Linda Burgess, then officially opened the Skills Village in a ribbon cutting ceremony which was followed by a tour of the site.

Guests had the opportunity to see Barnsley College students working on training areas around the site on activities such as brickwork, surveying and joinery.

The Skills Village also provided an opportunity for students from other departments at Barnsley College and University Campus Barnsley (UCB) to get involved. Alice Firth, HND Graphic Design student at UCB, won the hoarding design competition. Her creative design will now be displayed on the boarded fencing around the site.

Catering and Hospitality students provided refreshments for the event and Horticulture students have started to prepare an area of garden space inside the Skills Village which they will eventually landscape.

"The Skills Village is a fantastic opportunity for industry and education to collaborate and contribute to reducing the construction skills shortage. We are committed to leaving an employment and skills legacy in Barnsley and the Skills Village, underpinned Better Barnsley redevelopment, provides the perfect platform to achieve our objective."

Ryan O'Loughlin, Project Director at Henry Boot Construction

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Karen Fisher, Business Development Manager