Barn-storming success

Wednesday 9 July 2014

A dozen young men have been learning the traditional skills of carpentry and joinery on a “Get Into” programme with the Prince’s Trust and Bedford College.

The guys who were previously unemployed and without skills, have been working on a timber frame restoration project on an historical barn.

Coached by timber framing experts and college staff, the project has combined classroom work with the real life site project. On one of the beams they have all signed their names alongside the Prince’s Trust logo – for posterity.

Dave Wilkins, Assistant Director – Construction at Bedford College said: “This is one of a range of projects and courses in which Bedford College has been involved which encourage young people to learn traditional skills. Whilst we teach the latest modern eco-building methods here at our 21st Century college, we also train others to work on ancient buildings which require specialisms."

The barn is at Kings Hill Farm, Shuttleworth College, part of Bedford College. Real-life farming skills are taught at the farm to students who come from all over the UK, and in some cases from overseas, to train in agriculture in Bedfordshire.

*The work has been undertaken as part of the educational element of the Bedford Borough Council’s THI project.