Calderdale College is the broadest provider of further education (post-16) courses and work-based learning (Apprenticeships) and the sole provider of higher education courses in Calderdale. Calderdale College was founded in 1896 The Foundation Stone for Halifax Technical College was laid on 23 May 1893 and classes began in 1896 in one laboratory, a weaving shed, and various classrooms. Opening in 1896, the college consisted of 1000 students, 23 part-time teachers, and one full-time teacher plus, presumably, a Principal. Halifax Technical College offered courses in Textiles, Engineering, Chemistry, Commerce and ‘Women’s Work’. Halifax Technical College was formed from a Halifax Mechanics Institute (1825) and a Halifax School of Art (Queens Road)(1859). In 1957 the College became Percival Whitley College, and in 1988 it was renamed Calderdale College. In 2018, the College celebrated its 125th birthday.
Why choose Calderdale College?
Calderdale College engages around 5,000 learners, our main campus is at Francis Street, Halifax but we also deliver the motor vehicle and engineering at our Motivate Centre, Halifax.
Engaging with Employers
Calderdale College Apprenticeships, the College’s services to business arm, works with over 500 companies across the region. Through our projects, we have assisted over 3000 employers and engaged with over 90,000 employed individuals.
Our mission statement is a significant part of what we stand for as a college, it represents where the college is now and the direction it is heading. Before deciding on our new mission, we consulted with internal stakeholders, including students, staff at all levels, and across all functions and governors. Our mission is that we will strive for:
Excellence in abilities training for students and employers
As part of our journey towards becoming the best, we have created a new vision.
Our vision is to be:
The best vocational college in the country
We put customers first
We strive for excellence
We are innovative in our thinking and our actions
We enjoy and celebrate our success
We are fair, open, and respectful
We excel in partnerships and team working
We are inclusive, diverse, and welcoming