Calderdale College – Consistent Achievement
order neurontin In conversation with Ray Newell, Health & Safety Manager at Calderdale College.
orlistat sale no prescription Q Tell us about Calderdale College; your history and capabilities as one of the UK’s leading further and higher education facilities.
“Calderdale College is the largest provider of further education (post-16) courses and work-based learning (Apprenticeships) and the sole provider of higher education awards in Calderdale, a Metropolitan Borough in West Yorkshire.
“The original college facility (Halifax Technical College) was founded in 1893 and classes began in 1896. There were just 1000 students, 23 part time teachers, one full time teacher and, presumably, a Principal. Halifax Technical College offered courses in textiles, engineering, chemistry, commerce and ‘women’s work’.
“Today, Calderdale College accommodates approximately 400 staff and around 6000 full and part time students. With a thriving curriculum, the college offers a wide range of full and part time courses in addition to work-based learning opportunities.
“In recent years, the college has been redeveloped, with additions including a new sports hall, a full size 3G pitch and dual purpose grass sports pitch built to Sport England standards. The college has also gained a £1m state-of-the-art purpose built Brick Workshop supported by members of the Guild of Bricklayers.
“On top of that, we’ve established a £6m Technology Centre with Plumbing, Electrical & Engineering and Metal Fabrication Workshops.”
buy oral Pregabalin Q Congratulations on your recent success as RoSPA Health and Safety Award Winners! The College achieved the Order of Distinction, which is quite a feat. What are the secrets of your continued success?
“The RoSPA Order of Distinction is presented to organisations who have achieved a minimum of 15 consecutive Gold Awards.
“It is a very prestigious honor for Calderdale College as the award recognises our success in winning 21 Gold Awards! The Order of Distinction is indicative of the efforts of all the College staff in continuously maintaining and delivering Health and Safety across the Campus.
“The key to our continuing success is providing a consistent and manageable health and safety regime. Keeping up to date with legislative changes and reviewing best practices helps to streamline the process. Having senior management proactively on board also encourages all of our staff and learners to be aware of their health and safety responsibilities.”
Q In July, you attended the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards Presentation Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel. How was it to receive the Order of Distinction Award on behalf of the College, and did you enjoy the evening celebrations? Would you recommend the RoSPA Awards to other organisations?
“I felt very privileged to receive the award on behalf of the College and to meet with likeminded health and safety professionals. The evening celebration was a showcase for the high achievers and hopefully at some point, Calderdale College will be honoured at the evening awards too.
“We are very proud of our achievement and will undoubtedly continue to enter the RoSPA Awards in years to come. I would certainly recommend the RoSPA Awards to other organisations and often mention the College’s success at the regional Association of Colleges meetings.”
viagra precription online Q How important is health and safety to you and Calderdale College? How do you ensure that the highest standards are met?
“Health and safety is of paramount importance across the whole of Calderdale College. Undoubtedly, there is a duty of care to end users, particularly in catering for the diverse range of learners including mature students and those with a specific learning difficulty or disability.
“Most of our curricular activities involve the delivery of health and safety in accordance to the specific requirements of each particular subject; from Woodwork to Hairdressing and even Animal Care. A safety culture is instilled in all our learners as they work through their courses, with the objective of reducing accidents and incidents.
“The college has an ongoing Occupational Health Surveillance programme which is reviewed annually, ensuring that we look after our staff well. We also have programmes in place for noise, hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and dermatitis (as there is a possibility of contact with carcinogens with some of our trades).”
Q Does Calderdale College hold any accreditations and are you a member of any associations? If so, how do these organisations help the College?
“The College is a member of the Association of Colleges, from whom we received a Beacon Award for our employer engagement programmes in 2016/2017. Membership is vital to the running of the college and keeping up with many and varied changes that are currently being experienced within the Further and Higher Education System.
“The college is also a member of RoSPA, where the relationship was forged many years ago in a conscious effort to improve our health and safety systems. This improvement ethos has cascaded down through the lecturers to our core users our learners.”
Q What are your values towards corporate responsibility; the environment and the world around you?
“Calderdale College has an Environmental Policy and in keeping with the policy, its Sustainable and Environmental Technologies Centre comprises specialist sustainable technologies. These include photo-voltaic panels, solar hot water installations, rainwater recycling, a wind turbine, a demonstration plant room and wind catcher ventilation installations; all of which enabled the building to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
“Our waste management is provided by a local company who recycle for us as we don’t have the facilities for specific recycling points on campus. They produce a monthly report indicating how much of our waste has gone to landfill and exactly what has been recycled. These statistics are used by our governors to ensure we are being corporately responsible.”
Q The College recently unveiled £9m of new facilities, completed by GRAHAM Construction. Can you tell us about the refurbishment project and what it means for the College and your pupils?
“Calderdale College has completed a multi-million pound building programme, transforming three floors of the main campus into state-of-the-art learning facilities.
“The Unlocking Potential project started in November 2015. Co-funded by the college and the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, this exciting development allows the College to deliver new courses to meet local skills and employment needs.
“G Floor has been transformed into a Digital Skills and Business Enterprise Centre, to deliver new courses in Games Design, Video Editing, Visual Effects and Computer Sciences.
“E Floor has become a new Health Industries Learning and Training Facility, offering courses in Dentistry, Pharmacy, Health & Social Care and Childcare.
“The final stage of the building programme – the creation of a state-of-the-art Learning Centre (LC), houses the latest digital technology, print resources and social spaces that are essential for learning and employability in the 21st Century.
“With this exciting transformation, dynamic learning environment and new courses on offer, Calderdale College reflects on its commitment to ensuring the highest standards of the education and training provided.”
Q How do contractors assist Calderdale College? Do you look for specific accreditations or qualifications from companies that you work with?
“The College seeks to employ contractors from the local area to keep costs down and to create consistency in its approach, rather than ad hoc contracts where there is no cohesion. Using local contractors also helps with service-level agreements (SLAs) and maintaining the facilities at the college at all times. We obviously look for trade accreditations and qualifications that prove the competency of the contractors. Each contractor goes through a rigorous qualifying process before appointments are made.”
Q What does the future hold for Calderdale College?
John Rees, Calderdale College Principal and Chief Executive adds:
“The College is in an exciting stage of its development and is firmly focussed on the future reforms to technical education in England. We have recently completed a major campus refurbishment and have commenced a full strategic review of our curriculum, to ensure that our offer remains relevant and attractive to learners and sharply focused on addressing the skills gaps in our region.
“Key to our success will be developing new provision in partnership with local and regional employers, so that our students are best placed to gain good jobs or progress to higher level study when they complete their learning with us.”
Congratulations once again to you and Calderdale College for achieving the RoSPA Order of Distinction Award, and thank you for speaking to us at HSE International.
For more information, go to www.calderdale.ac.uk
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