West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

European Social Fund

ESF funding

The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) is the lead organisation for a number of 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.

Current Projects

Let's Talk Real Skills - developing significant improvements in skills provision through a strong collaborative approach between industry and education/training.

Higher Performing Workplaces - Helping SMEs poised for growth - training programmes, coaching, peer to peer sessions and mentoring.

[re]boot - a chance for individuals to upskill, re-skill and gain employability and sector specific skills, qualifications and training within the Digital, Engineering and Construction sectors.

Collaborative Apprenticeships - testing new ways of maximising the Apprenticeship Levy and increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships across the Leeds City Region.

Reach Higher - striving to widen participation in higher level skills through a programme of activities.

Our experienced skills associates 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. Businesses can book a Skills Plan session with one of our associates to discuss training needs and access advice and support for funding and training opportunities.

These contracts offer training opportunities for businesses as a result of the collaboration between employers, colleges, private training providers and universities. 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.


Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK would continue to participate in the programmes financed by the current EU Budget until their closure. This means that all ESF programmes would be fully funded under the current 2014-20 Multiannual Financial Framework.