Fact-finding mission takes Russian minister to Barnsley college

BARNSLEY College played host to a Russian Minister as he tours the UK on a fact-finding mission ahead of the Winter Olympics in his country in 2014.

Brizhan Vitaliy, the Minister of Industry and Energy from the Krasnodar Region of the Russian Federation, spent time at the Think Low Carbon Centre at the college’s Honeywell Campus site.

Earlier in his visit he went to Olympics venues in London site to find out about power supply arrangements there in the hope of picking up good tips to take back to his home country as they prepare to stage the Winger Games in Sochi.

Neil Brown, Barnsley College’s International Director, who hosted the Minister’s visit, said: “This visit, arranged at the Minister’s request, is a real feather in our cap and it has been a great opportunity to showcase the outstanding training facilities we have to offer to local and international businesses.

“He was particularly interested in our links with industry and our vocational and apprenticeship training programmes.

“The Minister was highly impressed and his visit further cements the relationship we have with the Krasnodar region – as we look forward to welcoming a delegation of staff from a Russian Energy Company to the College in the coming months.

“International interest in our facilities is growing and having invested in and developed one of the most advanced low carbon centres in the world, we can quite rightly be proud to showcase the college and the town.”