Bedford College

We are proud to have worked with Bedford College for a number of years

Bedford College is the largest provider of further education in the South East Midlands region and one of the largest employers in Bedfordshire. More than 15,000 students studied at the College in 2019/20, travelling from across the region.

The Connolly foundation recently gave more than £750,000 towards the new Centre of Modern Construction (CMC) building to provide the latest construction equipment for students.

The Centre for Modern Methods of Construction contains some highly specialised equipment on which students will train for jobs, or upgrade their existing skills to match up to emerging ‘modern methods of construction.

Bedfordshire and the surrounding area will benefit from the rise in skills levels, which in turn will continue to improve the social mobility of our community Bedford College is creating large workshop spaces where technical activity can be delivered alongside CAD suites where designs can be created.

The centre allows access to skilled jobs from apprentices to degree-level roles.

“The Connolly Foundation are champions of opportunity for young people. We are grateful for their continuing support”

Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and CEO of The Bedford College Group

£75,000 has been given to The Bedford College Group to support the training of nursing and care staff.

Vital staff who can work in nursing, care homes, or look after those living independently, are needed now more than ever before. To encourage people to join these and similar professions, the Connolly Foundation is offering 56 bursaries of up to £500 plus another £50,000 towards equipping the training facilities.