The Mayor of Calderdale was given a first-hand look at the construction trades during a college visit.

Councillor Dr Nader Fekri JP visited the North Halifax Skills Centre at Calderdale College last month. The centre delivers high quality vocational training, through the Construction and Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Academies.

The visit follows a college enrichment visit to the Town Hall where the Mayor expressed an interest in looking around the centre.

Whilst at the centre, the first citizen had a tour of the facilities and presented awards to the Student Learner of the Year, Most Improved Learner and Certificates for 100 per cent attendance.

British Gypsum Plastering Student of the Year was awarded to Mark Ettenfield who achieved high marks in theory and practical units along with distinctions at Levels 1 and 2.

He also worked as an apprentice and has achieved the often difficult task of balancing work and college commitments.

Plastering lecturer Lance Lucas said: “We are really pleased to have the Mayor present our learners with their awards.

“All the students have worked incredibly hard over the past year and it is wonderful for others to come to North Halifax Skills Centre to see their achievements.”

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