West Yorkshire Combined Authority has today announced a landmark partnership with West Yorkshire colleges setting out a joint plan to align college training provision with the needs of the Leeds City Region economy, including the £56 million per annum Adult Education Budget.
The partnership, formalised through unique ‘Delivery Agreements’ for each college, is pioneering in its degree of collaboration and its comprehensive targets and actions, making it the first of its kind in the UK.
Developed in partnership between the Combined Authority and each of the seven the colleges, the agreements publicly outline how each college will contribute to the Leeds City Region Employment and Skills Plan Skilled People, Better Jobs 2016-2020 and subsequently the needs of the City Region economy.
Shared Aspirations for the City Region
The targets set for each college aim to address the acute skills shortages faced by the City Region’s key sectors: manufacturing and engineering, health and care, infrastructure and digital. The agreements mean the colleges will increase levels of apprenticeships starts, pledging to also increase higher and degree apprenticeship provision.
Ian Billyard, Principal of Leeds College of Building and Chair of West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges said: “Our Delivery Agreement with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is another exciting milestone for Leeds College of Building.
“As the only specialist construction college in the country, the positive destination and skills of our students are crucial to the future delivery of the £13bn in major infrastructure schemes currently in the pipeline in Leeds City Region. Working together with the Combined Authority we have identified how we will improve our links with employers, grow our apprenticeship offer and develop our pathways to higher level learning to address the skills shortages in our sector and bring affordable, high-quality education to the young people of the North.
“We look forward to working with the Combined Authority to achieve our shared aspirations for the City Region.”
Andy Welsh, CEO of Bradford College Group said: “As one of the UK’s foremost colleges for high level skills we are keen to develop our career-focused provision further and in alignment with the needs of the City Region economy.
“In partnership with the Combined Authority and with a renewed focus, we will continue to work to support the needs of Bradford residents and beyond, from the most disadvantaged to those accessing degree level training. Bradford College Group fully endorses this partnership.”