Skilled people, better jobs

We live in a global economy in which we have to compete with others for jobs in a rapidly changing world. We recognise that there is a skills gap in our region and we want to address that gap and provide people with the tools to improve their employability, access jobs and realise their potential.

Our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) aims to meet future job demands and enable people from all communities in the Leeds City Region to secure more and better jobs.

We want to give people great educational opportunities which are closely connected to business and to build workforce skills and attract talent to our city region. 

Projects in this section

  1. Kirklees College - Dewsbury Learning Quarter

    In partnership with the LEP, we’ve invested £33.4 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into newly build Springfield Sixth Form Centre launched 15th November 2018 and the newly refurbished Pioneer Centre (Pioneer House) that will enable provision for students aged 19+, with emphasis on creative & digital media, healthcare, business finance, and construction technologies. The new build Springfield Centre, close to Pioneer House, will house 16-18 provision.

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  2. Leeds College of Building - Construction & Innovation Centre

    In partnership with the LEP, we’ve invested £11.9 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into Leeds College of Building to create a new facility to deliver Phase 2 of the Hunslet Road campus which will create world class teaching and learning facilities for students and the construction industry.

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  3. Selby College - The Aspiration Building

    In partnership with the LEP, we have invested £693,000 of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into Selby College, helping more than 1,200 additional learners pass through the doors of the college. The project will deliver a 493m2 extension to the Aspiration Building and the refurbishment of a further 535m2 of workshop space to accommodate growth in demand for engineering and construction skills locally, regionally, and nationally. This will help to fill the gap in construction skills, locally and nationally – a key aim of the Leeds City Region Enterprise (LEP).

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  4. Shipley College - Refurbishment & IT Upgrade

    In partnership with the LEP, we’ve invested £300,000 of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into the refurbishment of the College’s Salt Building, to improve to condition category B and upgrade of the IT infrastructure across the college.

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  5. Wakefield College - ASIC

    In partnership with the LEP, we have invested £3.3 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into Wakefield College Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC). The new purpose-built ASIC building will facilitate delivery of learning and skills training in higher level qualifications in construction, health and life sciences, advanced manufacturing and engineering, digital and creative technologies including computer coding and specialist management and professional training including logistics and marketing.

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  6. Leeds City College - Printworks Phase 3

    In partnership with the LEP, we’ve invested £10 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into the refurbished South Bank Leeds campus on the site of a former print hall redevelopment, creating a world class training facility; this will see an increase in students numbers by around 900 (over five years) studying Business, IT. Computer Science and digital technologies, with focus on LEP priority skills areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Digital & ICT, and Hotel & Catering. A brand-new restaurant and bar, open to the public, will also be based in the £10 million building.

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  7. Calderdale College - Unlocking Potential

    In partnership with the LEP, we’ve invested £4.9 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into the refurbishment and upgrade of the Percival Whitley Centre in Halifax, is enhancing the curriculum offer in helping to train the next generation of advanced engineering & manufacturing, digital & creative media, and health & social care.

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  8. Shipley College - Mill Building Refurbishment

    In partnership with the LEP, we have invested £119,000 of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into the Mill Building refurbishment. The refurbishment of the Mill Building to Category B standard, now provides a pathway to employment or further education for the young low skilled, or long term unemployed, supporting the City Deal pledges to develop a skilled & flexible workforce and become a NEET free city region.

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  9. Kirklees College - Process Manufacturing Centre

    In partnership with the LEP, we’ve invested £3.1 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into Kirklees College’s new Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC) to provide specialist training in process manufacturing and process control and increase learner numbers by over 900 (over 5 years) including intermediate and advanced apprenticeships. Our funding was matched by investment from local and national businesses. The PMC offers a state off the art process manufacturing training facility, chemistry laboratories as well as IT and learning resources.

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  10. Bradford College - Advanced Technology Centre

    In partnership with the LEP, we have invested £250,000 of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into Northern Dental Education Centre (NORDEC) at Bradford College, to address the gap in technology-based provision and produce a pipeline of skilled workforce for the ever-changing Dental care sector.

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  11. Leeds City College - Quarry Hill

    In partnership with the LEP, we’ve invested £33.4 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into Leeds City College Quarry Hill campus in the heart of the City’s cultural quarter to create two new buildings at Quarry Hill - the Leeds’s Schools of Health Sciences and Digital and Creative Arts and much needed expansion space for Leeds College of Music will also be provided in the new Digital and Creative Arts building.

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