Skills Connect

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Skills Connect offers FREE training courses to all adults across West Yorkshire.

As part of Skills Connect, colleges in West Yorkshire are delivering free training in construction, engineering, manufacturing and green skills.



Skills Connect is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the West Yorkshire Mayor through Gainshare and is part of the Futuregoals brand.

Completing a Skills Connect course

Employers are at the heart of the programme, and training courses have been designed to align to their skills needs and current vacancies. Course content is developed alongside employers so individuals can be sure the training is fit for purpose and offers the best opportunity for progression into work or within a current job role.

There will be opportunities to learn directly from industry and business professionals with guaranteed post-training interviews available in some sector specific courses giving a direct line of sight to vacancies.

All courses will include expert careers information advice and guidance (CIAG) so participants have the information required to enter employment or change role and enhance their career.

Skills Bootcamps

Within Skills Connect, there is a range of Skills Bootcamps on offer which are part funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

Skills Bootcamps are part-funded, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer. Skills Bootcamps are part of the Government's Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone to gain skills for life.


Must be aged 19 or over on the course start date. Employed, Self-Employed and Unemployed participants are eligible. Please note: Participants who are ‘Economically Inactive’ are not eligible for this project. Must have the right to legally reside and work in the UK and live in in West Yorkshire. Participants cannot be in full time education or on an apprenticeship at the time of joining. Must not have undertaken a Skills Connect course in the past (an individual can only receive funding for one course).