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Jay Foster - L1 Carpentry and Joinery

Jay Foster didn’t have the easiest start at College but from consistent tutor support and a lot of dedication he is now one to watch in the joinery industry, working as an apprentice with Stuart McCormack Carpenters and Joiners.

Jay originally started with Calderdale College on the Level 1 Diploma Electrical Installation course and successfully completed this, but a lack of motivation took a hit on his attendance and punctuality leaving him unable to progress to level 2. “This was a much needed wakeup call for Jay,” said his course tutor Steve Mitchell.

Because of this Jay moved onto the Level 1 Award in Carpentry & Joinery. This proved to be a great decision for Jay and he soon got his motivation back.

Steve added: “At an early stage I knew he could achieve more. Jay’s attitude to learning was excellent. After an early course review it was decided to move him up onto the diploma course.”

Shortly after the move it was easy to tell that Jay was an exemplary student in this field and had found his niche. When an apprenticeship opportunity came up Jay’s name was the first on Steve’s list. He said: “Jay’s attendance was excellent and he never once let me down.”

Jay said: “I can’t recommend Calderdale College enough due to the support and encouragement all the staff have given me to achieve things I never thought were possible when I left school.”

Trade Academy at Calderdale College

Calderdale College is the largest provider of further education and apprenticeships in Calderdale, as well as the sole provider of higher education. Its state of the art facilities include the new Trade Academy, designed to give students the best possible experience and gain the skills they need to join a well-paid, exciting and rewarding career in construction.

The Trade Academy’s wide range of employer-responsive courses offer students a wealth of career pathways and are all taught by college tutors that have years of trade experience and industry skills. Many of the Trade Academy courses guarantee a work placement with an employers including; British Craft Trade, City & Guilds and Yorkshire Timber.