Workforce Development

Are you a business looking to grow, develop your workforce or take on an apprentice, but not sure where to start? We can help. 


As part of our commitment to addressing current and future skills shortages in the region, we have launched Employment Hub, a free programme that will engage more than 6,000 young people over three years, with support to get them into further learning, self-employment, employment or an apprenticeship.

The free service will also assist businesses to fulfil their recruitment needs. The £9 million programme has been funded through the European Social Fund (£4.5m) and has been matched from nine delivery partners involved in the scheme.

Businesses will receive a free package of support to help them engage with young people through the programme. This includes training opportunities, information on the benefits of hiring apprentices and showcasing how investment in skills can lead to increased productivity and better business performance, resulting in greater profitability. 

Dedicated support will be provided at a local level by a range of delivery partners including the Local Authority areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield, York and C&K Careers and Leeds Beckett University, ensuring that young people can access support easily and fulfil the needs of local employers.

The service builds on the strategic connections already established between businesses and schools through the LEP, and the LEP’s Growth Service which has supported over 10,000 SME businesses across the region. 

LEP Apprenticeship Grant for Employers

Grants of up to £2,500 are available for businesses with 249 or fewer employees to recruit an apprentice. If you’re based in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield or York you can apply for the apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). 

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The Skills Service

The Skills Service offers a unique package of training and support for employers in the Leeds City Region. WYCC Skills Service Advisors will explore opportunities with businesses to offer the right skills solutions that can be part funded by the European Social Fund.

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Contact our advisers on 0113 348 1818 or email

Case Study

Shafiq Khan Partner at BHP
22nd March 2019

Shafiq Khan Partner at BHP

“The LEP Growth Service team talk me through what’s available and whether it’s right for my client. They are easy to work with and I would not hesi...

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