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 looking to grow, develop your workforce or take on an apprentice, but not sure where to start? The Employment Hub can help.

We also offer a wide range of information and advice to help your career development. Whether you’re starting out on your career, want to learn new skills to help you land a promotion or new job, or are looking to change path to a new and exciting sector, we have resources to help you get there.

Get in touch for advice or support

Get in touch with our Business Growth Service and we can help you find the right support for your business needs. You can call us on 0113 348 1818 or email us for more information.

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Available skills and training resources

  1. 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 and funding 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
  2. Engage with education

    The Enterprise Adviser Network brings together senior business leaders and schools to help inspire young people about their future career options.

    Read more about Engage with education

More about the Employment Hub

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.