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Ken Smith

Ken works as the Engineering and Fabrication Tutor and has a wealth of industry experience from having run his own fabrication business for many years. He has worked in Spain and Germany as a welder and then spent 15 years as a Leaving Care Worker working with youngsters in Social Care. This led on to Ken joining Calderdale College where he is passionate about passing on his skills and making sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Ken was an amateur Rugby League player for Elland and then played professionally for Keighley for a number of years. From his love of rugby and his desire to inspire and motivate youngsters, Ken was also a Rugby League Youth Coach.

As a dedicated member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Calderdale College Ken is passionate about what he does. He actively supports his students to develop their full potential. Ken says: ‘I strongly believe in what I do at the college and hold dear everything that EDI stands for’.

James Leek

James has been in the motor vehicle trade for many years. He started out self employed working on body repairs and car mechanics and he also worked for several private garages. James began his teaching career at Kirklees Youth Training Centre where he worked for 16 years teaching Motor Vehicle Bodywork and Car Mechanics. James in now the Motor Vehicle Tutor for Calderdale College and is based at the Motivate Centre.

Spencer Belson - Motivate Curriculum Co-ordinator

"I was offered a job teaching the same courses that I was doing as a student. This led to a chance meeting with a training centre manager who ultimately became my new employer. I went to work for a small independent charity that delivered life skills and vocational training in motor vehicles and engineering as a life skills trainer. I went on to complete assessors awards and teacher training to enable me to further support the young people that I was working with.  In 2013 the opportunity arose to join Calderdale College in setting up a new motor vehicle and engineering and bodywork centre (motivate) and I jumped at the chance to continue helping young people to gain qualifications in Motor Vehicle and Engineering."

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