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Thursday, 17 December, 2020

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Head of Curriculum for Construction and Martin Armitage from Galliford Try with four of the students being presented with their awards and donated toolboxes

In 2018 renovation plans were revealed for Wakefield College’s old Archive Building located on Margaret Street. The historic building was once the Registry of Deeds Office until Wakefield College bought it from Wakefield Council in 2017. It was decided that a complete renovation would take place seeing a host of new facilities fully equipped with modern learning resources such as training kitchens, large rehearsal spaces and a new commercial training restaurant and café. With a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, contractors Galliford Try were appointed to handle the refurbishment, alterations and extension of the former Archive Building. 

Galliford Try has worked with Wakefield College for a number of years to deliver quality engagement opportunities to our students. A leading UK construction business that employs 3000 employees across the UK 8.2 % of which are apprentices, graduates, or trainees. Galliford Try has also just announced they will be offering industry placements for our new Construction T Level starting in September 2021. Their support doesn’t stop there, Rebecca Caunce, Corporate Responsibility Manager for Galliford Try North East and Yorkshire, is also a part of the college’s Employer Forum, getting involved in how engagement can occur for students to get the best experiences in their chosen career paths.

When the renovated building was unveiled earlier this year as the newly named Beaumont Building, Galliford Try was due to do a presentation to construction students at Wakefield College. They had agreed to support the construction students once more with a donation of toolboxes, part of Galliford Try’s commitment to the 4GoodFund, the charitable arm of the YORbuild framework. However, then the pandemic hit.

On Thursday 17th December, Rebecca and Martin Armitage from Galliford Try were able to attend the Castleford Campus in a socially distanced, safe manner to present construction students with a vast amount of tools for bricklaying, electrical installations and professional/technical skills such as graphical detailing equipment, trowels, spirit and boat levels, and screwdrivers.

Suzanne Black, Head of Curriculum for Construction, said “Whilst completing the refurbishment of the Deed of Archives Building, Galliford Try supported the construction department to enrich the learning experience of its learners with regular site visits, guest speaker opportunities and work placements. Moving forward they continue to support us with our T level and technical provision to secure meaningful sector engagement. This substantial donation of equipment and learning resources supports our department further. In addition, nominated students across all curriculum areas are receiving awards for their outstanding efforts and achievements.”

Rebecca, Corporate Responsibility Manager for Galliford Try North East and Yorkshire, said: “We are proud to be supporting local young people in accessing the materials required to successfully complete their construction-related courses. This equipment will allow students to get ‘hands-on’, giving them a true taste of what they can expect from a career in construction. We have an excellent relationship with Wakefield College, having completed the £5.7million refurbishment of the Deed of Archives Building last year. We look forward to continuing to work with College and the students receiving these items, as many are due to undertake placement opportunities with us in 2021.” 



CONTACT: For more information email, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 17 December, 2020

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