West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Higher Performing Workplaces

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Developing Higher Performing Workplaces in the Leeds City Region

The Higher Performing Workplaces (HPW) project provided a training and coaching package to businesses in the Leeds City Region from 2019 -2021. The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges worked with over 25 training providers including colleges, universities and private providers to deliver a package of part-funded training to the internal talent of businesses on the verge of growth.

Despite the pandemic, training programmes were converted into online delivery packages. The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges organised free digital taster sessions for businesses who wanted to get a feel for a training provider online before signing up for a qualification or programme.

The offer included four main categories,
  • Export and innovation; designed to increase in-house skills and knowledge to access new domestic and international markets to drive export.
  • Innovative working; courses that helped individuals to drive working and employment practices that support operational and employee demands.
  • Empowering leaders; programmes developed to nurture and progress leadership skills with specific activities to support female employees to narrow the gender gap in leadership positions.
  • Effective human resources: training designed to help businesses use effective HR practices to support succession planning, encourage workplace diversity and improve workplace culture.

Eligible businesses were able to access 40% ESF funding towards the cost of training and are now enjoying the benefits of developing their own staff.

For example, Bradford-based ABL Business was set to open four new offices this year due to rapid growth. The finance consultancy company accessed part-funded training as part the project. Brook Corporate Developments helped ABL to increase efficiency by implementing ISO9001. Managing Director at ABL, Alex Beardsley estimates this support will add at least 20 per cent to the firm's income.

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The project connected educators with businesses in the region and built new relationships to allow the training industry to better understand their customer base and respond to employer need.