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Calderdale College Launches Partnership with Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturers (CKMA)

25th November 2013

On Thursday 28th November Calderdale College will be launching a partnership with Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance at the College’s 2508 sq.m. state-of-the-art Technology Centre on Francis Street.

Over 20 manufacturers will be attending the launch on Thursday to find out about the new partnership which will address and bridge the skills gap, allowing businesses across Calderdale and Kirklees to grow and meet needs of their workforce.

The launch will consist of an opening plenary speech by Chris Jones, Principal at the College, a presentation by Teaching and Learning Champion, Greg O’Shea, student demonstrations and a tour of the 6 million pound Technology Centre.

In addition to the above, there will be an opportunity to shape the curriculum, network and find out about external funding opportunities and the advantages of traineeships.

Greg O’ Shea, Teaching and Learning Champion said: “The College has created a special curriculum which encompasses the core skills already identified by CKMA, including fabrication and welding, use of power tools, basic electronics and electrical skills, basic mechanical engineering skills, accurate measurement and the ability to understand and work from a range of diagrams, instructions and drawings."

Students will also develop work-readiness skills including maths, English, IT and health and safety and will expand and utilize these skills through real work experience or traineeships with CKMA members.

The curriculum will start at Level 1 and lead onto either the Performing Engineering Operations or Performing Manufacturing Operations at Level 2.

Sharon Smith, Vice Principal Learning & Achievement believes it is vital for Colleges to understand and constantly readdress the needs of local businesses, students and the local community to meet their requirements: “This partnership came from the need for both the College and the Manufacturing industry to address the skills gap and  lack of core skills which are required by local manufacturers in the area in order for them prosper and continue to develop. Both the College and CKMA aim to address these issues and set an example for others to follow.”

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