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 Leeds City Region looking to grow your workforce, upskill your staff or support apprenticeships in your local area?

The LEP 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 profibility.

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 for Growth

    Skills for Growth connects small and medium-sized business owners to local schools, colleges and universities. In doing so we work with businesses to build talent pipelines, increase productivity and close skills gaps.

    Read more about Skills for Growth
  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.

    Read more about West Yorkshire Local Digital Skills Partnership
  3. Employment Hub

    The Employment Hub can offer advice and support to businesses regarding recruitment, training, Kickstart scheme, apprenticeships and funding. Book a free introduction call with a business engagement officer using the form below.

    Read more about Employment Hub
  4. 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 Leeds City Region, we can help you find the best route to take on an apprentice.

    Read more about Apprenticeship Support
  5. 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 Leeds City Region. 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.

    Read more about Apprenticeship Levy Support
  6. 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 the Leeds City Region. Schools and colleges in our network belong to: Kirklees Career Hub, Special Education needs Careers Hub or members in the Enterprise Advisor Network.

    Read more about The Schools Partnership Team

Are you looking to employ young people into your business?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.