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Helpful resources from the Leeds City Region Skills Network and its members

Conference presentations

Leeds City Region Skills Network Conference - The Power of Communication

Friday 3 July, 2020 Virtual Event hosted on Whova. View all presentations on Youtube using the links below:

Welcome to the conference - Nav Chohan - Chair of the Leeds City Region Skills Network

Regional Speakers - Roger Marsh, OBE, DL - Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and the NP11, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe - Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Bradford Council. Rashik Parmar MBE - Chair of The Employment and Skills Panel , IBM Fellow and Vice President Technology - Europe

West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges update

West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges Q&A session

Keynote speaker, Jim Lawless presentation can be requested only by those who registered for the event by emailing marketing@westyorkshirecolleges.ac.uk

This conference was managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and funded by the European Social Fund. The virtual conference platform provided WYCC to host an event both in line with its commitment to sustainability and to make the content accessible to a wider audience than ever before.

Skills - The Formula for Success

Friday 5 July 2019, Leeds City Region Skills Network Conference, Cloth Hall Court

Speaker biographies

Skills - The Formula for Success - presentation

Event photo gallery on Flickr

Press release

Reports and research

Leeds City Region Business Survey 2019

The survey provides a snapshot view of business confidence, investment experiences and intentions in Leeds City Region.

Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy 2018-23

The Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy sets out how Leeds City Council, the private sector, universities, colleges and schools, the third sector and social enterprises in the city will work together to grow the Leeds economy ensuring that everyone in the city contributes to, and benefits from, growth.

Resolution Foundation, Low Pay Britain 2019 Report

The Resolution Foundation’s ninth annual report on low pay. This edition focuses on the minimum wage, which recently turned 20. It analyses the extent to which the minimum wage has reduced the proportion of the working-age population in low pay. It also looks to the future, asking how fast the minimum wage can boost wages for the lowest earners while managing the inevitable risks to employment.

Social Mobility Commission, The adult skills gap: is falling investment in UK adults stalling social mobility?

In this report, the Social Mobility Commission looks at the adult skills landscape – by examining who invests in, and who participates in, job-related training and education. They consider how these trends have changed over time and to what extent adult skills affect social mobility.

No Longer Optional: Employer Demand for Digital Skills

This research was commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It aims to provide an overview of digital skills demand and to help inform the development of evidence-based digital skills policy.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Useful contacts and resources

The following organisations operate within the equality, diversity and inclusion sector in the EU and UK:

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006, which took over the responsibilities of Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. It is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. It aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, and encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act. It also gives advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.

Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF)

The Equality and Diversity Forum is a national network of equality and human rights organisations. This website brings together a wide range of equality and human rights information and resources provided by EDF and other organisations.

The Runnymede Trust

Founded in 1968, Runnymede is the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank. It generates intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement.

Inclusive Employers

Established in May 2011, Inclusive Employers is the UK's first and leading membership organisation for employers looking to build inclusive workplaces. They offer consultancy, training and thought leadership, to help you make inclusion an everyday reality at places of work.

Social Mobility Foundation

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. The SMF was founded in 2005 by Linkson Jack (who served as Chief Executive until January 2009) in order to provide opportunities and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families.


CIPD has a range of fact sheets exploring what diversity and inclusion means in the workplace, and how an effective strategy can support an organisation’s business objectives.

The fact sheets look at the rationale for action, and outline the steps organisations can take to implement and manage a successful diversity and inclusion strategy, from communication and training to addressing workplace behaviour and evaluating progress.

Sustainable Development Useful contacts and resources

The following organisations, associations and professional bodies operate within environmental and sustainability issues in the UK:

Accounting for Sustainability

Body aimed at developing practical guidance and tools for embedding sustainability into decision-making and reporting processes. The website provides a how to guide on connected reporting and examples of published reports.


Membership organisation for companies ‘who have an interest and commitment to improving their overall performance in key Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) areas’. Resources include research reports and case studies.

Carbon Trust

An organisation supporting businesses and the public sector to cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. The website gives information on climate change legislation, emerging technologies and guides.

CSR Europe

A professional network connecting companies to share corporate social responsibility best practice and projects. The website offers a toolbox of ideas and advice to help organisations implement CSR.

Institute of Business Ethics

A charitable organisation promoting ethical standards in management and industry. The website offers briefings on good practice guidance and an annual survey on UK attitudes to business ethics.

The Energy Technology List

ETL is a government list of nearly 17,000 energy saving products, is designed to encourage businesses to invest in energy saving plant or machinery. Businesses that purchase products listed on the ETL can claim a 100% Enhanced Capital Allowance (tax relief) in the first year.


Government subsidies such as Feed in Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentives are available to SMEs who install the relevant renewable technologies. These subsidises help to lower the payback periods for investment in the technology. In addition an SME can help finance an installation through an agreement with the installer/manufacturer of the technology - the installer claims the subsidy, not the SME, and this is used to help pay for the installation.

Bespoke Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) Reports

Using the EMSI Analyst tool, we can offer a Labour Market Intelligence report writing service for our Joint Venture colleges.

If you require LMI data to help plan your curriculum or write a bid, please get in touch.

For more information please contact funding@westyorkshirecolleges.ac.uk

Useful websites for business news and labour marketing intelligence



Centre for Cities

Institute Public Policy Research (IPPR North)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Insider Media Yorkshire

The Business Desk Yorkshire