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pounds 2m BOOST FOR TEENAGE CENTRE; New skills unit at Rastrick High School.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON

A pounds 2m skills centre is coming to Rastrick.

And education officials hope it will improve the life chances of children and young people in Calderdale.

The new purpose built Lower Valley Skills Centre at Rastrick High School will open in the 2010 school year after funding was secured from the Learning and Skills Council.

It will provide skills training to over 16s in: hospitality, construction, and manufacturing and product design. The facilities have been designed to allow students with physical disabilities to access the courses.

Around 100 young people, mainly from schools across the Lower Calder Valley, will benefit each school year by attending the centre, which will provide quality vocational training.

The news follows a successful application to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) from Calderdale Council and backed by Calderdale College, Kirklees College, Kirklees Council and Rastrick High School.

Calderdale College will also provide additional funding for a hair and beauty training centre in a building on the Rastrick High School site.

Calderdale Council's Cabinet Member, Children and Young people, Clr Craig Whittaker, said the new centre will greatly improve the life chances of children and young people.

"This is fantastic news, the new centre will provide Calderdale's young people with high quality vocational training, equipping them with the skills they will need for the future.

"The Council has worked with a number of partners on this successful application, and I am particularly pleased that we have worked together to secure this funding."

Helen Lennie, Headteacher of Rastrick High School, said: "I am delighted that we have secured funding for this facility which will allow us to deliver on education tailored to the needs of both students and the local economic community" .

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 24, 2009
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