Chance to sample new skills centre

Official opening of the new Rastrick Technology Centre at Rastrick High School opened by Craig Whittaker MP.
Official opening of the new Rastrick Technology Centre at Rastrick High School opened by Craig Whittaker MP.

OPEN days will provide an opportunity to see at first hand the new technology centre at Rastrick High School.

The aim is to attract people to the centre to make use of its many and varied training options.

The centre, opened last December by Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, is holding open days on Tuesday, March 1 between 5pm and 7pm and on Saturday, March 12 from 11am until 2pm.

The centre lends itself to a range of skills tuition including catering, DIY, health and body image, and employment training such as compiling CVs and learning interview skill

The school’s governing body asked staff to look at how the community could benefit from the centre and supported the concept of getting involved in a partnership with the school.

School business manager Colin Meredith said one possibility was inviting a group of local people to take responsibility for some areas of the building outside school hours and manage it for the community. We are asking local families, businesses and organisations to come and tell us how they want to be involved and how they could help,” he said.

“We all know that grants and funding are in short supply and it is possible that the best chance of success is for us all to join forces.

“We can then decide how we could help make the technology centre a thriving focus of learning for everybody living in the area or who have an interest there.

Refreshments will be available on the open days and there will be ample opportunity to try out the equipment.

n Anyone interested in the scheme can contact Mr Meredith on 01484 710235 or at colin.meredith@ras trick.calderdale.sch.uk