Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), the Reach Higher contract (£3.5m) strived to widen participation in higher level skills through a programme of activities. These were co-designed by employers to attract and engage new participants onto higher level courses. This was to enable more qualified individuals to fill the skills gaps in employment in key sectors in the Leeds City Region.
The project was targeted specifically at individuals from HE cold spots, deprived areas and those with the potential to progress. Reach Higher aimed to increase skill levels, encourage progression in employment and ultimately support economic growth within the Leeds City Region as a result of improved productivity.
Reach Higher was delivered alongside partner colleges, universities and private providers.
This project is now in closure/evalutation.