The Skills Service

Skills support for Yorkshire SMEs – The Skills Service

The Skills Service can provide funding support and advice for SMEs in the Leeds City Region. Managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) The Skills Service offers:

Planning: a free Skills Plan session with a skills advisor to help SMEs plan employee training and stay ahead of industry trends.

Funding: 40% funding from the European Social Fund towards training your workforce (eligibility applies).

Training: a sourcing service to find you appropriate training opportunities across the region.

Businesses can search the Skills Catalogue for current training courses that are eligible and readily available in the region, or enquire about training that is not currently listed in the catalogue through the Skills Enquiry Form.

Alternatively, you can enquire by email or phone:


Phone: 0113 235 4460

More than training

The Skills Service can offer more than one-off, existing training courses. As a collaborative organisation, the consortium behind the service connects intelligence, demand and opportunity. When you enquire with The Skills Service you will be offered the chance to have influence the skills agenda.

The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) is the lead organisation for a number of skills contracts funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) (part of the European Structural Investment Fund). These contracts aim to achieve the objectives of the Leeds City Region Employment and Skills Plan (2016-2020) and increase growth prosperity among businesses.

The current ESF contracts are targeted at employed individuals. These include

Reach Higher: widening participation in higher level skills

More Skills, Better Jobs: skills support for in-work claimants

The Skills Service: a unique package of training and support for employers in the Leeds City Region

Progression From Low Pay: supporting individuals in low-skilled employment


Developing the offer – commissions for training providers

As the consortium works with more businesses, it will commission training that meets the needs of the employers in the Leeds City Region more closely. The latest opportunities to tender will always be available on the In-Tend website, and, as a training provider you must register to receive the latest notifications and see full details of the opportunities. The Skills Catalogue will be updated as new provision is commissioned.

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