Skills and Training

Developing your workforce’s skills and expertise is one of the best investments a business can make. It can result in more motivated, engaged staff and increase your businesses’ productivity.

Are you a business in West Yorkshire looking to grow your workforce, upskill your staff or support apprenticeships in your local area?

We can support you in many ways to ensure your business has a workforce that helps you to increase productivity, improve business performance and achieve greater profitability.

From support to hire your first apprentice to inspiring young people to consider a career in your sector, we can help with free impartial support. 

Available skills and training support packages

  1. Skills support for business

    Get in touch for fully funded support that connects small and medium-sized business owners with the region's top talent and provides access to subsidised training to upskill your staff. We’ll connect you to local schools, colleges and universities where you can access apprentices, graduates and interns that have been hand-picked to meet your business needs. Develop your talent pipeline by investing in staff and promoting and developing your team with our skills training courses to future-proof your business.

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  2. West Yorkshire Local Digital Skills Partnership

    This partnership provides a unique and exciting opportunity to influence the digital skills landscape across our region, including a range of digital skills training programmes to boost business productivity.

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  3. Apprenticeship Support

    Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to shape your staff in way that’s best for them and best for your business. If you’re looking to take on an apprentice then support is available. If you’re a small or medium sized business based in West Yorkshire, we can help you find the best route to take on an apprentice.

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  4. Apprenticeship Levy Support

    We’re here to help businesses and training providers work together to make a positive difference and ensure apprenticeship opportunities are available to people across West Yorkshire. This is a free transfer service which covers 100% of the training costs for apprentices. Businesses can still claim government grants for apprenticeships whilst accessing the levy.

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  5. The Schools Partnership Team

    The School Partnership Team matches business volunteers to schools and colleges for strategic work, promotion of progression pathways after year 11 and utilises labour market information to raise the aspirations of young people in West Yorkshire. Schools and colleges in our network belong to: West Yorkshire Careers Hub or members in the Enterprise Adviser Network.

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  6. Multiply maths support

    Multiply is the free, government funded, adult maths support programme, part of Levelling Up, Skills for Life, the Department for Education and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. In West Yorkshire, Multiply is led by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority as part of the Mayor’s ambition to make West Yorkshire the best place to work, learn and live.

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