The Skills Service

The Skills Service is the gateway to a unique package of training and support for SMEs in the Leeds City Region. The Skills Service Advisors explore opportunities with businesses to find the right skills solutions that can be part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

“I would wholeheartedly recommend The Skills Service, in fact, I already have to other Leeds City Region businesses! It’s been a good experience, something I wish we’d capitalised on sooner.”

Charlotte Bailey, Panintelligence

The Skills Service offers a unique package of training and support for employers in the Leeds City Region, funded by the European Social Fund and managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) in partnership with the LEP.

WYCC Skills Advisors will explore opportunities with businesses to offer the right skills solutions that can be part-funded by the European Social Fund. For more information visit The Skills Service website.

How does the skills service work?

To access support from The Skills Service, fill in the enquiry form telling them a bit about your business and your needs.

You will then be allocated an experienced Skills Advisor who will discuss your needs and help identify the right solution for you. You can then make a choice about which training is best suited to your business.

You don't need to know exactly what training your employees need – The Skills Service will work with you to understand your business areas and conduct a simple skills audit to identify where they can help.

For an example of the courses currently available you can search in the Skills Catalogue.

You can also get in touch with the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges to be part of future developments for your sector.

Courses from the Skills Catalogue will be considered for WYCC European Social Fund funding if participants are 18+, in employment and have the right to work in the UK. Businesses must operate within the Leeds City Region. Funding of up to 40% may be available.

Requests for training that is not listed in the Skills Catalogue will also be considered for funding. Conditions and eligibility will be discussed with your Skills Advisor following your enquiry.

Contact us for advice and support

To access support from the Skills Service, fill in the fill in the enquiry form telling them a bit about your business and your needs.

Complete the enquiry form