Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), the Reach Higher contract (£3.5m) will strengthen higher level skills training and support in the Leeds City Region. This contract will address skills gaps and shortages that are a barrier to growth in the City Region especially those identified in Infrastructure, Digital and Engineering and Manufacturing.
ESIF funding will be used to target those who have potential to achieve qualifications at Level 3 and above by delivering:
The consortium's seven Joint Venture colleges are currently working with industry professionals, employed individuals and employers to deliver projects that can bridge the gap into higher level training and widen participation. These projects are based on labour market intelligence and research findings that suggest there are barriers to progression faced by certain groups who do not traditionally go onto qualify at higher levels.
Ultimately, the contract's objective is to allow workers to change direction either through new job or business opportunities, a change of sector and/or those wishing to change careers and gain the skills and competencies to secure employment at a higher level. It will provide employers with a pool of qualified workers who can progress and make succession planning more achievable.
WYCC is working with industry professionals to develop a programme of specialist ‘Conversion Skills’ training. This will provide essential support for employed people (possibly already on a study programme) to convert/progress to higher level training.
Where relevant, the consortium will procure specialist-training providers to deliver these programmes.
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