BFAWU open new office and learning centre in Barnsley

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) Learning Services last week held a grand opening event for their new Learning Services office in the heart of Barnsley.

BFAWU Learning Services team at opening

BFAWU General Secretary Ronnie Draper cut the red ribbon and officially opened the centre. He was joined by the unions full Learning Services team, along with representatives from unionlearn, Barnsley Trades Council, Chesterfield College and the National Union of Mineworkers - who treated attendees to a fascinating tour of the Miners Hall with its impressive archive and collection of trade union banners.

Ronnie said:

It is fantastic to be opening this new learning centre in such an iconic building. We are going to carry on the proud tradition of learning within Barnsley and show how good the BFAWU is at doing its job.”

This centre will be an absolute benefit to the people of Barnsley and will give opportunities that help people forward.”

The union has transferred its learning services from Pudsey to Barnsley and is now based in the NUM offices. The has been refurbished to include a new Learning Centre with computers and resources available to members looming to build up their skills.

This has more than just an office move for the team. BFAWU Learning Services Project Manager Lisa Greenfield and her team of project workers picked up their brushes, painted the rooms, put up new book shelves and generally pulled together to make the new learning centre a bright and inviting space. 

Lisa said:

We are government funded through the Department of Education and unionlearn through the Union Learning Fund. We provide services for people who wouldn’t get seen by education, we can give them information, facts, and guidance to help them to retrain or learn something new.

Previously our communications centre was in Pudsey, but the access was pretty poor and when there was an opportunity to move into the NUM building we jumped at the chance. The team has decorated the place and made it a really good hub for encouraging learning and we are looking forward to future courses and learning being run here.”

Courses with the learning service are available to both union and non-union members, for more information, or to book a course contact [email protected]