Barnsley Community Build is a charity based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire with fourteen years’ experience training and providing education in the construction sector for 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training. Barnsley is an area of multiple deprivation and the number of people aged over 16 with no formal qualifications is 10% greater than the national average. Over the last three years, 73 apprentices achieved a full Level 2 Framework in General Construction with 84% of these moving into full-time employment afterwards.

Barnsley Community Build goes beyond construction training. It provides community rented accommodation for vulnerable people, rented premises for local small business, a community café with meals on wheels for elderly residents and opportunities for volunteering in the café.

Power to Change and Key Fund have provided the finances that have created life changing opportunities for 10 plus unemployed young adults, learning new skills, confidence and employment with a future.

Steve Palmer

Operations Manager - Barnsley Community Build