The future begins in Bedford with opening of new construction skills centre

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The Connolly Centre of Modern Construction being opened by Mark Farmer, the Government’s champion of Modern Methods of Construction, and representatives from Bedford College and organisations who donated to the project.
The Connolly Centre of Modern Construction being opened by Mark Farmer, the Government’s champion of Modern Methods of Construction, and representatives from Bedford College and organisations who donated to the project.

Thanks to funding from local and regional organisations, a new state-of-the-art centre, which will give access to skilled jobs from apprentices to degree-level roles in the construction sector, has been opened.

The Connolly Centre of Modern Construction (CMC) was opened by Mark Farmer, the Government’s champion of Modern Methods of Construction, last month (20 October).

Inside, the CMC contains highly specialised equipment which can be used by up to 100 students training for jobs or upgrading their existing skills to match up to emerging ‘modern methods of construction.’

Part of the funding for the £4.3 Million net carbon building at Bedford College came from the Connolly Foundation who contributed £750,000.

Read: Bedford charity contribute £750k to college and town gateway construction

“We are delighted to have contributed towards this excellent new facility for the college,” said Vanessa Connolly a trustee of the Connolly Foundation.

“The Connolly Foundation is committed to supporting young people to achieve their potential through education and training and this will be a fantastic asset for all who work and study in it.”

Ian Pryce CBE, CEO of The Bedford College Group added: “ We are closing that gap which we see between what happens in industries, and what is taught in college.”

As well as the Connolly donation, funding also came from regional Government Agency SEMLEP (£2.9 Million) and the Wixamtree Trust (£10,000).

The Connolly Foundation award grants to support education and the elderly. They have given over £5 million to Bedford causes in the last 12 years.

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