West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

ESF funding

The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) is the lead organisation for three skills contracts funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) (part of the European Structural Investment Fund). These contracts will help to achieve the objectives of the Leeds City Region Employment & Skills Plan (2016-2020) and increase growth prosperity among businesses.

All participants must be 18+, in training or employment, have the right to work in the UK and be employed by a business located in within the Leeds City Region area.Current contracts

Reach Higher: widening participation in higher level skills
More Skills, Better Jobs: skills support for in-work claimants
The Skills Service: a unique package of training and support for employers in the Leeds City Region


As an employer, you can find out about opportunities for training and projects by contacting the Skills Service team.

Our experienced skills advisors will work with you and the consortium's seven Joint Venture colleges in West Yorkshire and our wider partners, to find a solution whether existing or not, and explore wider opportunities for improving the skills of your workforce.

These contracts offer skills beyond the existing training offer in this region through collaboration between employers and colleges. We aim to shape training solutions for higher skilled workforces and create opportunities for those facing barriers to training in low paid roles as well as providing solutions to support economic growth for businesses.

Commissioned work

Where relevant, the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will procure provision from organisations for specific and targeted activities to help the consortium fulfil these contracts. These activities must be designed to complement other skills offers within the Leeds City Region and will be subject to approval by WYCC.

Find our latest commissions and tender opportunities please register on the In-tend website.

Recent News

What West Yorkshire Colleges have been up to recently.

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7 December 2018

Skills will be an 'integral' part of UK Shared Prosperity Fund plans

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is calling for the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to exceed current funding guaranteed through EU funds.…

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20 November 2018

Industry-based training programmes open for tender

As part of the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges’ drive to improve skills in the Leeds City Region, another eight opportunities for training providers to…

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