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Tamworth-based housebuilder donates protective gear to college

Bellway West Midlands has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to a construction college near its regional headquarters in Tamworth.

A total of 30 Bellway hard hats and 30 hi-vis jackets have been provided for the use of construction students at Torc College, part of South Staffordshire College, in their practical work.

The PPE will be used in the college’s construction, carpentry and bricklaying workshops which provide hands-on training and help students develop their practical and professional skills to forge a career in the construction sector.

The college is located off Silver Link Road, Glascote Heath, just over two miles from Bellway West Midlands’ offices in Wilnecote. The housebuilder is also currently delivering new homes in the town at its Barley Fields development off Ashby Road.

Clive Coley, Curriculum Manager for Construction and Plumbing at South Staffordshire College, said: “As part of our vision to enable our students to have long and successful careers in the construction industry after they finish their studies with us, we often reach out to local companies to highlight potential opportunities in the industry, and Bellway in this instance were incredibly welcoming and forthcoming, agreeing to donate PPE to our students on the Torc College campus.

“Our relationship with Bellway extends back further than this, however, and we have already successfully trained two apprentices, who have since gone on to work for Bellway across their developments in Tamworth, Branston and Fradley.

“This PPE will be used by our full-time students who are currently completing qualifications in Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery and Multi Occupations.

“This donation is extremely useful for the college and our students, and we feel very privileged that Bellway is keen to support us in this way. We hope that this can further enhance the learning experience that we provide and can further strengthen the relationship between ourselves and Bellway, helping us to train and provide the housebuilders of the future.”

Marie Richards, Sales Director at Bellway West Midlands, said: “We are pleased to be providing this equipment to the students at South Staffordshire College’s Torc College, which we hope can allow them to perform a range of practical tasks safely under the supervision of the highly skilled and experienced lecturers at the college.

“The college is playing a vital role in training the future tradespeople in our industry, so we were more than happy to provide this equipment when staff there reached out to us.

“One of our key goals is to ensure that we have a positive impact on the community in which we are based and where we are building new homes and this donation is part of our longstanding commitment to Tamworth.

“We hope that this donation will forge an ongoing relationship between Bellway and the college, and that we may see some of the students applying to work with us when they come to the end of their studies.”

Bellway has sold out its properties at Barley Fields, but is building in nearby Bedworth with a range of two to four-bedroom properties available at Astley Fields, priced from £273,500.

For more information on Astley Fields and all the other Bellway West Midlands developments, visit