West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges


Improve workforce skills with The Skills Service

The Skills Service is the gateway to a unique package of training and support for SMEs in the Leeds City Region. The Skills Service Advisors explore opportunities with businesses to find the right skills solutions that can be part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Leeds City College training

How can The Skills Service help your business?

Planning: Free Skills Plan session for SMEs to plan employee training and stay ahead of industry trends.

Funding: 40% funding from the European Social Fund towards training your workforce (eligible businesses only).

Training: More training and education opportunities across the region.

Search our latest Skills Catalogue for current training courses available in the region, or request training that is not currently listed in the catalogue by making an enquiry through the Skills Enquiry Form.

Contact us

You can make a Skills Enquiry using our online form. Alternatively:

Email: skills@westyorkshirecolleges.ac.uk

Phone: 0113 235 4460

More than training

Businesses in key sectors are offered more than one-off, existing training courses. We value employers' expertise and insight into industry. When your business engages with The Skills Service, you will have the opportunity to influence the skills agenda.

Our Skills Advisors work with SMEs to understand their business areas and through a simple skills audit, identify where WYCC can help. We work with our employers to develop the right suite of training and projects to meet skills gaps, develop talent pipeline or link to growth ambitions.


  • Builds a more highly skilled workforce enabling employers to achieve their growth ambitions.
  • Creates a talent pipeline for current and future businesses of the Leeds City Region
  • Delivers essential training to address skills gaps
  • Encourages employers to play their part in upskilling the workforce by investing in skills
  • Will help to raise the employer investment in skills to the national average of 66%
  • Provides the training that impacts on the bottom-line benefits for business.

Developing our offer - commissions for training providers

As we work with more businesses, we will commission training that meets the needs of the employers in the Leeds City Region more closely. The latest opportunities to tender will always be available on the In-Tend website, and, as a training provider you must register to receive the latest notifications and see full details of the opportunities. The Skills Catalogue will be updated as new provision is commissioned.

Skills Cafes

Find out about our latest Skills Cafe events where you can book onto a free workshop for your sector, or drop in and get a free Skills Plan with our skills advisors over a free coffee

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