West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Collaborative Apprenticeships

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The Collaborative Apprenticeships project aims to increase the quantity and quality of apprenticeships across the Leeds City Region.

Calderdale College, Luminate Education Group, Shipley College and Wakefield College, Wakefield Council are working in partnership with several local employers (including City of Bradford MDC) to deliver key pilot projects.

These pilot projects will are testing new, ‘wrap around’ training and services for apprentices and employers that are funded by European Social Fund. These courses and packages aim to enhance the apprenticeship experience and equip apprentices with the right skills to help businesses grow.


The project offers a wide variety of training opportunities for current apprentices in topics that will develop additional skills and knowledge for apprentices, these free (fully funded) courses include digital skills (including social media, websites, IT security), climate change, mentoring, mental health, customer service, personal resilience and safeguarding.

People looking to become apprentices can also access free training to take their first step onto an apprenticeship course including digital, health and social care and introduction to work.

Employer who are considering taking on an apprentice, or currently employ apprentices can access a wealth of fully funded training courses including climate change and sustainability, mental health first aid, leadership, management and mentoring and support with the apprenticeships systems.

Employer leaflet

Collaborative Apprenticeships Employers Leaflet

The project will support all sectors but will have a focus on the skills required to:

  • enable the delivery of major capital/infrastructure schemes
  • stimulate growth in the digital skills base for businesses in all sectors
  • meet replacement demand in engineering and manufacturing
  • support sustained growth in the health social care sector.
Collaborative Apprenticeships will increase the number, range and quality of apprenticeships where there is a shortage of skills among:
  • those who are considering an apprenticeship,
  • those already employed and starting their first apprenticeship, or
  • those progressing from an intermediate, advanced, higher or degree level apprenticeship.
The project will offer support to:
  • Employers - large and SMEs
  • Employees within businesses where there are identified skills gaps
  • Individual participants who live or work in the Leeds City Region.
Case studies

Enhancing the apprenticeship experience at Shipley College

Leeds City College’s pre-apprenticeship course that supports people into healthcare


Why collaboration is key for shaping the skills network of the future - Calderdale College's Claire Williams


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