Lord Blunkett opens Barnsley College Construction Centre

Lord Blunkett opens Barnsley College Construction Centre

Lord David Blunkett has returned to Barnsley College to officially open its new Construction Centre, also known as the CUBE.

The event began with a welcome from principal Christopher Webb followed by a speech from Lord Blunkett who spoke about memories of his time as a tutor at the college. 

The new £10.8m building was then officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of a plaque which was also translated into Braille.

Principal Christopher Webb said: “We would like to thank Lord David Blunkett for coming along to officially open our new site. It was an excellent way to mark the new chapter for our Construction students.

“With a projected skills shortage in the construction industries this is the perfect time for Barnsley College to invest in construction education.

“The new building houses some fantastic industry specialist facilities in order to provide our students with as much ‘real life’ experience as possible.

“It offers education in all the necessary skills so that our students can really build on their construction careers.”

Visitors were invited to see the new facilities, workshops and specialist equipment for courses offered at the centre in bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, dry lining, painting and decorating, plastering, wall and floor tiling and professional studies.

The college’s construction students provided demonstrations and guests, including Lord Blunkett, had the opportunity to speak to them to find out how the new centre is helping to equip them with the necessary skills required for a successful career within the construction industry.