North Halifax Skills Centre – Taster Day

calderdale_college_block_logo_strap[1]Are you looking to work in the construction industry?… Go along and experience Bricklaying, Joinery and Plastering at North Halifax Skills Centre’s Taster Day.

Saturday 15th August 2015 – From 9am to 3pm
North Halifax Skills Centre, Unit 9, Calderdale Business Park, Club Lane, HX2 8DB

  • Enjoy a taste of some practical activities
  • Take a tour of NHSC superb facilities
  • Find out about the range of careers and opportunities available to you
  • Meet and get to know the course tutors

For further information and to book yourself on the taster sessions please contact Andy Jowett on 01422 346267 or 07780 991328

Have a go with the North Halifax Skills Centre

The North Halifax Skills Centre will be holding a ‘Have a Go’ stall on the main precinct in Halifax outside Wilkinson’s on Saturday 25 June 2015 and Saturday 22 August  between 9am and 4pm.

Activities you can have a go at include bricklaying, plaster cast moulds and bird boxes so why not go along, try it for yourself and see what courses the North Halifax Skills Centre has to offer whilst you’re there.

Students start work at Natty Lane Playing Fields

photo 4On Wednesday 3 June 2015, Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative and Pc Dave Illingworth from West Yorkshire Police met with the Level 2 Construction Students from the North Halifax Skills Centre who have started work rebuilding the wall at Natty Lane playing fields, Illingworth.

The work is being done in partnership with West Yorkshire Police to help Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour around the playing fields and the project recently received a grant from the Illingworth & Mixenden Ward Forum grant scheme

Andy Jowett Tutor at The North Halifax Skills Centre said:

“It’s great to involved in a project like this as it gives the students some valuable hands on experience to working on a site and helps them to build up a portfolio of their work skills”

For anyone wanting to apply for the next round of Ward Forum grants please contact 01422 255402

For more information on all courses at the North Halifax Skills Centre please call NHSC on 01422 346267 or contact them on Facebook or Twitter or call in at Unit 9, Calderdale Business Park, Club Lane, Ovenden, HX2 8DB

North Halifax Star 2015: Contribution to Work and Training – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

WINNER: Helen Ratcliffe (North Halifax Skills Centre)

Helen has is a learner support worker who goes beyond the call of duty to support learners at the North Halifax Skills Centre to ensure that they understand and develop to their best potential

Learners who attend the skills centre sometimes have the understanding of their vocational studies but may find it difficult to understand some of the terminology used or even struggle to put it down on paper which is where Helen comes in by helping them to read and write in theory sessions.

Dana Ingamelis said

Helen has helped me gain a diagnosis of dyslexia and scotopic which had previously been missed. She goes the extra mile when helping people and will provide learning tools when ever asked for or needed and takes great enjoyment in seeing learners develop and grow and actively encourages improvement.

“I am so grateful and cannot thank her enough for the help she has given me and now I am heading on my journey to university. This award just acknowledges how much Helen is valued and well respected across the broad for wanting to and actively helping all students to achieve their goals.”

Helen recommends that learners are put forward for Dyslexia assessments and she often puts in extra time to aid the learners with additional resources and is always there for them if they ever need support and someone to talk to.

For further information on the North Halifax Skills Centre, click here.

Building on Partnership Working in Ovenden

PC McCloskey NHSCOvenden Ward Officer for West Yorkshire Police; PC Kim McCloskey and Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative visited the North Halifax Skills Centre at Calderdale Business Park, Ovenden to look at the on-going good work of the students from the Level 2 course in Construction.

PC McCloskey spoke to learners and tutors about the course and some of the hands on work that they are involved in within the local community which includes a new project in partnership with West Yorkshire Police in order to help reduce Anti-Social Behaviour by rebuilding a wall at Natty Lane Playing Fields

The North Halifax Skills Centre will be holding an Open Evening on Wednesday 25 March 2015 from 4.30pm to 8pm and anybody requiring further information can contact Andy Jowett on 01422 346267 or by email to

Countdown to 2015 Neighbourhood Awards… Nominate Today!

nhx neighbourhood awardsThe 2015 North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards are fast approaching and with only 21 days until the deadline for nominations why not spare a few moments of your time to nominate a local hero from your community and give them the recognition you feel they deserve.

With 10 different Awards categories to choose from, you don’t even have to stop at just one nomination!

The 10 awards categories are as follows: Click here to view criteria for each category

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Won in 2014 by Irene Mulhall
  • Contribution to Sport & Play – Won in 2014 by Mick Gavan – Crossleys
  • Contribution to Work & Training – Won in 2014 by Tutors and Students from the Construction Course – North Halifax Skills Centre
  • Contribution to Children & Young People – Won in 2014 by Martina Walsh
  • Contribution to the Older Generation – Won in 2014 by The Mixenden Community Growers
  • Outstanding Individual – Won in 2014 by Nathan Hunter
  • Community Involvement – Won in 2014 by Mixenden Parents Resource Centre
  • Young People of the Year – Won in 2014 by Kirsty Healey
  • Contribution to Culture – Won in 2014 by Peter Coenen – The Dance Mill
  • Contribution to a Safer Cleaner Greener Environment – Won in 2014 by Adrian Hill – Pennine Housing

There are a number of ways to nominate and the online process can be done in just 3 simple steps by clicking here. If you prefer the old fashioned way you can download or print our paper nomination form here and return your completed form to the Pennine Housing Office on Turner Avenue South, or drop it into Mixenden Library. You can also email us your nomination to

  • Nominations must be received by 31 March 2015
  • There is no limit to the number nominations you can make.
  • Nominations must be for an individual, group or organisation that lives or works in or for the benefit of the North Halifax community.
  • As hosts of the awards, staff from the North Halifax Partnership cannot be nominated for the work they do for these organisations.
  • For more information or help completing the nomination forms please give us a call on 01422 255402.

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The construction industry needs you!

nhxskillsctreThe North Halifax Skills Centre is hosting an open evening on Wednesday 25 March between 4.30pm to 8pm at Unit 9, Calderdale Business Park for all students considering a career in the construction industry.

There is no need to book – just turn up and have a go at different construction skills; Brickwork, Joinery, Plastering and Painting & Decorating and take a tour of the Centre and find out about the facilities and resources.

For more information please call NHSC on 01422 346 267 or contact the College on Facebook or Twitter.