Government minister David Willetts has praised the technology centre at Calderdale College after visiting the new facility.
The state-of-the-art £6m, 2508 square metre centre will be officially unveiled at a grand opening on October 14 and is part of a wider redevelopment scheme by the College.
The Universities and Sciences Minister was impressed with what he saw, and defended his party’s policy on higher education.
He said: “It’s great. What I’ve seen is young men getting exactly the kind of training they need to become electricians, plumbers and other practical trades.
“Its important colleges like this keep on investing in order to be institutions we can be proud of.
“Even in tough economic times we’ve been able to keep the money flowing to enable colleges like this to invest.
“There has been excellent investment in this college and there is a continuing commitment to that, which is what the young people of Calderdale should expect.
“HE and FE is a very important part of the education we provide.
“We’re seeing record levels of applications and that tells me the message is getting across that people don’t have to reach into their back pockets to pay for higher education.”
Chris Jones, Principal of Calderdale College said: “I am pleased to have had the opportunity to show the Minister around our state-of-the-art Technology Centre and to discuss the benefits of our HE provision - where people across Calderdale can study towards a degree or professional qualification on their doorstep, ensuring higher education is accessible to all.”