West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Higher Performing Workplaces

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Higher Performing Workplaces (HPW) offers training that is designed to help SMEs grow by developing internal talent. Many of the courses and programmes listed are now available for online (remote) learning, so please enquire if you are interested in one of the programmes.

Grow your team's skills. Choose your category:

Export and Innovation: These programmes are designed to increase in-house skills and knowledge to access new domestic and international markets to drive export.

Innovative Working: Training courses that can help individuals to drive working and employment practices that wrap around operational and employee demands.

Empowering Leaders: A range of courses developed to nurture and progress leadership skills with specific interventions to support female employees to narrow the gender gap in leadership positions.

Effective Human Resources: Training will help individuals to use effective HR practices to support succession planning and encourage workplace diversity and improve workplace cultures.

Download the full HPW Grow Skills brochure in PDF


Higher Performing Workplaces is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges. This means that businesses can receive 40% ESF funding towards the cost of any HPW training.

Coaching add-on

Individuals who accessing training through HPW will be able to access coaching from a selection of coaches contracted by WYCC. This coaching should support individuals to embed the learning into the work of the business and is also eligible for 40% ESF funding.

To access the coaching, the business/individual will be offered a choice of online coaching profiles to search and choose from. WYCC will help facilitate the booking of the coaching.

Business Performance Mentoring

Choose a WYCC Mentoring Associate and develop the skills you need to excel, with 40% funding and up to six mentoring sessions for each individual.

Back in Business Peer to Peer sessions - Fully-funded!

Book on to a virtual group session to help your business get back on track. Sessions are fully-funded by the European Social Fund and facilitated by a highly qualified facilitator.

Project Impact

The aim of this ESF project is to complement the skills projects and plans already underway in the region. The project should specifically contribute to:

  • Improving staff motivation, leadership, communication and teamwork.
  • Increasing staff retention.
  • Supporting with longer–term skills planning to help realise business ambitions, diversification, new products, markets or expansion.
  • Enhancing employee involvement and commitment to the company.
  • Ensuring higher levels of financial performance by SME employers.
  • Enhancing and enabling business strategy and operational planning to achieve growth.
  • Promoting high levels of females in leadership positions.

Get a free flavour of HPW training

The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges is hosting a series of free, taster training sessions as part of Higher Performing Workplaces. Find out more and register for a place on the latest sessions.

To be eligible:
  • the business must be based in one of the following districts: Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York (Check your district on the Gov.Uk website)
  • the business needs to be an SME: employ fewer than 250 full time equivalent staff and have an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million.

This project focuses on, but is not limited to the following sectors: Creative, Digital, Finance, Business, Hospitality, Tourism, Low Carbon, Construction, Manufacturing, Engineering, Medical Technology, Transport and Logistics.