The brand new, bespoke building opened its doors at the start of the new term providing state-of-the-art facilities for study in a range of construction trades including brickwork, wall and floor tiling, plumbing, plastering, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating and sustainable construction.

With the introduction of new facilities for students to use such as dry lining and suspended ceilings, Barnsley College is at the forefront of providing outstanding qualifications to allow students to get a head start.

The centre houses innovative and inspiring work areas with industry led equipment providing a high quality learning experience for students. Facilities include new workshops, classrooms and machinery incorporating a comprehensive IT network supported by industry standard software; a project workshop for new construction technologies; break out areas allowing students to work independently and dedicated student support encouraging positive progression into employment or further study.

Full-time students studying Construction at the centre now also have the opportunity to undertake work experience within the industry providing them with further skills for their future.

A Construction Industry Training Board report predicts that 182,000 new jobs will be created in the construction industry by 2018 which means there are more opportunities than ever for securing a rewarding and profitable career and Barnsley College is preparing it’s students for just that.

Helen Wordsworth, Interim Head of Construction at the site, said: “The staff and students are very excited about the new Construction Centre which provides outstanding first class training for Barnsley and the wider region. The fantastic state of the art facilities, coupled with the development of new courses and initiatives, will provide our students with excellent opportunities to progress into Higher Education and equip them with the employability skills required for a successful career within the construction industry.”

Andrew Fairest, Barnsley College’s Vice Principal for Property Development, added: “We are very pleased that this exciting new development provides students with top quality facilities in which to learn. It also creates a national ‘hub’ for specialist training in energy efficient construction and engineering, delivered from our Construction Centre, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre and Think Low Carbon (TLC) Centre.”

Barnsley Academy pupils have recently been building on their very own construction skills in a series of practical taster courses. The pupils were shown demonstrations of plastering, wall and floor tiling and painting and decorating before trying it out for themselves.

Pupil Brogan Scothern-Hunt, 15, said: “I’ve enjoyed coming to the college and have gained good hands-on experience for when I’ve finished school.”

For more information about Construction courses at Barnsley College contact Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123.

For students wishing to get higher level construction qualifications, University Campus Barnsley offers full and part-time Higher Education courses in Construction to ensure students can complete their pathway to their dream career. To find out more about courses at UCB visit universitycampus.barnsley.ac.uk.

Last updated: 22nd October 2015

Originally posted on: 22nd October 2015