West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Progression From Low Pay supports individuals in low paid employment with access to training to improve skill levels which leads to greater earning potential. The project investigates and seeks to overcome the barriers faced by those in low-paid work, those working few hours and the under-employed by delivering a package of innovative skills and training. These packages are designed to offer:

  • Blended, sector-focused career advancement models for employers and employees within the sectors with a predominance for low pay (Retail, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Transport and Logistics) working with key industry bodies.
  • Enhancement to the sector-based work academies to deliver technical skills once participant is placed in employment.
  • A model that supports the ‘Good Growth’ agenda for those on low pay.
  • Training to support individuals to improve their skills in job-specific and technical roles.
  • Training activity to focus on enhancing the career potential of the lowest paid workers.
  • In-work support with the aim of leading to greater earnings in the future.

Project Impact

  • Increase skill levels to encourage job progression
  • Greater earning potential for more low paid workers
  • Address the gender employment and wage gap
  • Drive the increase in the number of people with technical and job-specific skills
  • Address barriers to training
  • Collaborate to create better jobs, tackle low pay and boost productivity through skills

Recent News

What West Yorkshire Colleges have been up to recently.

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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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