West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Along with 6 other colleges, Shipley College is part of the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) Joint Venture (JV) partnership.

WYCC’s vision is to seek funding, influence, support leadership and collaborate with businesses on behalf of the seven West Yorkshire colleges:

  • Shipley College

  • Bradford College

  • Calderdale College

  • Kirklees College

  • Leeds City College

  • Wakefield College 

  • Leeds College of Building

 Over £12 million has been secured from the European Social Fund (ESF) to:

  • support individuals in low paid employment with access to training. This is to improve their levels of skills to help lead to greater earning potential (Progression From Low Pay).

  • work with partners to develop and deliver packages of skills support their staff (Higher Performing Workplaces).

  • ensure significant improvements in skills provision through a strong collaborative approach with sectors and industry groups linked to further education (FE) and higher education (HE) (Let’s Talk Real Skills).

  • offer individuals the chance to upskill, re-skill and gain sector-specific skills within the Digital, Creative, Engineering and Construction sectors ([re]boot).

increase collaboration between businesses and training providers to improve the skills of the workforce (The Skills Service).


Let’s Talk Real Skills (LTRS)

Launched in September 2019, Let’s Talk Real Skills is about engaging with employers and aligning the needs of their small or medium sized organisations with the capacity to deliver the right skills solution to transform the skills system to work for employers. Shipley college has two Business Development Co-ordinators who are currently going out to employers. If you are interested in being part of the research for this project, please contact either Sam Speight or Chelsea Taylor on 01274 327252.


The Skills Service

Launched in June 2018, The Skills Service offers a unique package of training and support for businesses in the Leeds City Region.

  • You can search the Skills Catalogue for courses currently available and eligible for up to 40% funding*

  • You can make a Skills Enquiry and meet with a WYCC Skills Advisor, or contact the Shipley College Business Development Team on 01274 327390 or email employers@shipley.ac.uk to enquire about the courses on offer at our college.

  • Find out more about The Skills Service on the website www.skillsservice.co.uk

*Courses from the Skills Catalogue will be considered for WYCC European Social Fund funding if participants are 18+, in employment, have the right to work in the UK. Businesses must operate within the Leeds City Region. Funding of up to 40% may be available. Conditions and eligibility will be discussed with your Skills Advisor following your enquiry.




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