West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Collaborative Apprenticeships

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The Collaborative Apprenticeships project aims to test new ways of maximising the Apprenticeship Levy and to increase the quantity and quality of apprenticeships across the Leeds City Region.

Bradford College, Calderdale College, Luminate Education Group, Leeds College of Building, Shipley College and Wakefield College, Wakefield Council and the Textile Centre of Excellence will work in partnership with several local employers (including City of Bradford MDC) to deliver five key pilots projects.

These pilot projects will test how to use the Levy within the region, along with testing new, ‘wrap around’ training and services for apprentices that will be funded by European Social Fund. This should enhance the apprenticeship experience and equip apprentices with the right skills to help businesses grow.

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:

  • All Apprenticeship Levy employers, large and SMEs
  • Employees within businesses where there are identified skills gaps
  • Individual participants who live or work in the Leeds City Region aged 25 years plus

The five proposed pilots are:

  1. Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Models
  2. Future Leaders - Stronger Apprentices
  3. Sector Springboard to Apprenticeships
  4. Enhanced Apprenticeships
  5. More SMEs - More Apprenticeships

Details of the pilots will be published as they take shape.