Eight colleges in West Yorkshire have worked together to embed the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into policies, practices and curriculum using the DfE’s Strategic Development Fund.
The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges secured £2.6million of funding from the Government to enable colleges to progress curriculum development and practices in August 2022.
Since then, over 800 members of FE staff have been trained in SDG awareness through a process of cascade training in each of the colleges.
Teams ranging from senior leaders to teaching staff, catering to marketing teams are being briefed by the SDG learning influencers, now deemed ‘SDG champions’.
At a collaboration day in February hosted at Shipley College, the lead college on the project, the SDG Champions shared their journeys so far and some of their futures plans.
A sample of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) work at our partner colleges so far:
Wakefield College, part of Heart of Yorkshire Colleges Group
Leeds College of Building
Leeds City and Keighley Colleges, part of Luminate Education Group
Notre Dame Sixth Form
The examples above are just a small sample of the actions being carried out in the region which will have an impact on thousands of students and staff and create new ways of learning and working to achieve the goals in West Yorkshire.
Calderdale, Kirklees, Notre Dame and Shipley Colleges have also signed up to the SDG Accord, the universities and colleges’ collective response to the Global Goals.
The colleges will continue to collaborate and work towards achieving the goals as a key part of the community. The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will help to support and monitor this work as part of the legacy of the Strategic Development Fund with a celebration and sharing cross-college event planned for May 2023.