West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Higher Performing Workplaces provides an additional offer to business as an enhancement to The Skills Service. The Higher Performing Workplaces project will work with partners to develop and deliver packages of skills support to grow internal talent. It will provide financial incentives towards a package of skills and support designed for SMEs in the sectors which present the greatest opportunities for economic growth in Leeds City Region. The project will enable SMEs to:

  • Increase in-house skills capacity and knowledge to access new domestic and international markets to drive export capabilities,
  • Drive working and employment practices that wrap around operational and employee demands,
  • Develop leadership skills with specific interventions to support female employees to narrow the gender gap in leadership positions,
  • Embed effective HR practices that will support succession planning and encourage workplace diversity and improve workplace cultures.

Skills Advisors will identify business needs and develop bespoke solutions for innovative working practices. Financial contributions will be available to support the costs of training to ensure SMEs are fully equipped with the resources and support needed to develop a highly skilled and more agile, productive and innovative workforce.

Project Impact

  • Improves staff motivation, leadership, communication and teamwork
  • Increases staff retention
  • Supports with longer–term skills planning to help realise business ambitions, diversification, new products, markets or expansion
  • Enhances employee involvement and commitment to the company
  • Ensures higher levels of financial performance by SME employers
  • Enhances and enables business strategy and operational planning to achieve growth
  • Promotes high levels of females in leadership positions

Recent News

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8 October 2019

Wine School of Excellence: Certified training for the hospitality industry through The Skills Service

On a sunny Friday afternoon in York, we caught up with Gillian Tinney - Managing Director of the Wine School of Excellence (WSE). Newly contracted…

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1 October 2019

Skills Cafe: Workshop announced for manufacturing businesses

The Skills Service is inviting SMEs working in manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and textiles to its next Skills Cafe on Friday 25 October. The event will…

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