Driving up jobs in construction

Friday 4 December 2015

A mini-bus, funded with the help of £15,000 from the Luton-based organisation, will be used to drive Bedford College construction trainees and apprentices to building sites.

Mick Callanan Managing Director of Connolly Homes and a Trustee of the Foundation, handed over the keys at the Cauldwell Street campus on Friday 6 November.


Mick is a great example of how an Apprenticeship can lead to a directorship. He began his career at 16 and worked his way through Higher Education (HND) qualifications to become a Quantity Surveyor and today MD of a long-standing construction company.

Bedford College Construction Assistant Director David Wilkins said: “Getting our students off campus and into real working situations on construction sites helps young adults make informed choices about their career options. There is no substitute for this in the school classroom.”

“We are very grateful to the Connolly Foundation for its continued support.”

The Connolly Foundation previously gave £30,000 to Bedford College to encourage Apprenticeships in construction.

The Connolly Foundation owns Connolly Homes and was founded by Michael Connolly in memory of his wife Kathleen. The Foundation has made grants of more than £1,000,000. For more information visit www.connollyfoundation.org.uk

* Skilled and professional staff are in short supply in the construction industry.

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