West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

22 December 2016

Over 5000 training courses part funded by the LEP skills service

More than 5,000 training courses have been undertaken by employees across the Leeds City Region since February 2015 with support from the LEP skills service.

Businesses have upskilled staff in everything from project management to welding qualifications with over £3m worth of training grants.

Employers have the opportunity to work with a team of expert skills advisors, discuss their long term growth plans and skills needs, and put together a robust training plan for their staff through the service.

significant help towards achieving growth potential

Businesses can apply for grants of between £500 and £50,000 to contribute towards their training and in some cases attract funding for up to 50% of the costs.

Louise Tearle, Partnership Director for West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) added: “As the Consortium responsible for delivering the service we are delighted to see that so many companies have been able to access support from the service in order to develop their business through investment in skills and training.”

The funding is time limited and applications must be submitted by 31st March 2017.

Companies including Calderdale Print firm Falconer Print and Packaging Ltd,Keighley based events company Simply Better Events, Bradford based manufacturer Applelec, Skipton based Broughton Laboratories (pictured above) and Wakefield based creative and digital company Contedia are amongst the vast number to have reported substantial progress and developments in their operations as a result of training part-funded through the service including.

More case studies highlighting the positive impact of the service can be found here

Businesses are encouraged to contact the team on 0113 386 1910 or skills@the-lep.com to ensure they don’t miss out on the support and funding.

The LEP skills service is delivered on behalf of WYCC by a consortium made up of Calderdale College, Leeds City College, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry with training provided by a wide range of partners including further education colleges, universities and private training organisations delivering specifically to the needs of businesses.