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:

  • work with partners to develop and deliver packages of skills support to 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).


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 Linda O' Donnell on 01274 32723 or email lodonnell@shipley.ac.uk

Higher Performing Workplaces

Higher Performing Workplaces is managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Higher Performing Workplaces (HPW) offers training that is designed to help organisations develop internal talent. Many of the courses and programmes listed are now available for online (remote) learning, so please enquire if you are interested in one of the programmes.

Empowering Leaders: A range of courses developed to nurture and progress leadership skills with specific interventions to support female employees to narrow the gender gap in leadership positions.

Check here for the relevant Leadership and Management courses


To be eligible:   

  • the business must be based in one of the following districts: Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York (Check your district on the gov.uk website)   

  • the business needs to be an SME: employ fewer than 250 full time equivalent staff and have an annual turnover not exceeding £50 million.









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