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Accolades For Employers Committed to Education and Training

25th September 2008

Employers committed to education and training received accolades at an Employers’ Awards Ceremony on Wednesday night (24 September).

Employers committed to education and training received accolades at an Employers’ Awards Ceremony on Wednesday night (24 September).

Around 200 people attended the first-time event, organised by Calderdale Training, the business training arm of Calderdale College, at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre in Hopwood Lane. Owen Williams, Chief Executive of Calderdale Council, presented awards in five categories and, in a keynote speech alluding to “the significant changes in Calderdale” this week said “Let’s be positive. Now is the time to invest in training. Now is the time to invest in people. They will get us through tough times and we will be prepared for when things get better. It’s great to know that we have a high class college here in Calderdale”.

Steven Porter, Head of Calderdale Training and Workforce Development said “These new awards are to celebrate employers and thank them for what they’re doing for the skills development of young people and adults in Calderdale. We work with nearly 500 businesses, from leading international firms to sole traders, all demonstrating significant commitment to education and training. In marked contrast to five years ago, Calderdale Training is now in the upper quartile of training providers nationally”.

Chris Jones, Principal of Calderdale College added “We’re running apprenticeship programmes and a number of government-led schemes such as Train to Gain which typically target employees with few qualifications, tailoring their training to jobs. We can also help to improve firms’ profitability by providing on-site skills training so that they can compete more successfully in the marketplace. We hope this event will encourage even more businesses to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.”

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