On Wednesday 18th April the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Kay Cutts, officially opened the new headquarters for R.E.A.L. Education at Kingsmill House, Mansfield to coincide with the tenth anniversary since the organisation’s formation.
The opening was attended by a number of local dignitaries, including the Executive Mayor of Mansfield Kate Allsop, Mansfield District Council Chief Executive Hayley Barsby, Nottinghamshire County Councillor and Mansfield District Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, Richard Fuller County Battery, Russell Jones Chairman of Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 and Laurence Jones Interim Service Director from Nottinghamshire County Council.
The guests were given a tour of the new headquarters and learning hub and also met with learners and staff on site.
The guests also observed and participated in vocational sessions such as, Motor Mechanics, Well Being, Digital Arts and Business Enterprise, Maths, English and Science (via a Functional Snooker demonstration) and Adventurous Activity delivery and training sessions.
Councillor Kay Cutts was taught by a learner how to change a spark plug, Mayor Kate Allsop tried her hand at Functional Snooker, Richard Fuller explored business opportunities with the Digital Arts team and Russell Jones experimented with the new “Mindwave” relaxation system.
The event culminated with Councillor Cutts unveiling a plaque to commemorate the opening of the new headquarters alongside Kieran and Brandon, two Mechanics learners.
Councillor Kay Cutts said: “I was impressed by the students I spoke to, who were all articulate, polite and knowledgeable around their subject areas. They were fully confident in discussing with a stranger their knowledge and aspirations. It is a real example of the difference this team has made to young people’s lives.”