Project Assistant (Apprenticeships) - Ref ES/PF9d

Salary - Grade H: Salary: £24,896per annum - Based in Leeds City Centre - Permanent Full Time 37 hours per week - Closing Date – 17 October 2021

Project Assistant (Apprenticeships)

Grade H - £24,896 pa
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)
Closing date 17 October 2021

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional person who wants to play a leading role in improving our local transport infrastructure, reshaping our economy and forging better futures for millions of people.

That’s precisely what is on offer at West Yorkshire Combined Authority where a £1bn devolution deal has put the Leeds City Region at the forefront of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse delivery agenda.

The Combined Authority brings together district partners, the business community via Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and also takes in the former Passenger Transport Executive (branded Metro). Overall, the Combined Authority covers a population of around 2.5 million people and represents the largest economy outside London.

The Role

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is seeking to appoint a Project Assistant (Apprenticeships). This post will have the opportunity to provide project support within the Employment and Skills Team with a focus on supporting delivery of apprenticeship related programmes. The post-holder will be used to/be able to work in a flexible manner whilst undertaking a wide range of roles and activities in order to contribute to the successful development, management, implementation, processing and monitoring of the LEP’s apprenticeship related programmes.


The authority is seeking an individual who has previous experience of project work within a project management setting and is able to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to corporate processes;
  • Take a pro-active and flexible approach to participating and delivering the Combined Authorities objectives;
  • Work in a team and on own initiative and is a confident and self-motivated individual;
  • Take a positive approach to self-development.

Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is prepared to work flexibly on a range of programmes, on their own initiative as well as part of a team in a high-profile and demanding environment – often working to tight deadlines. 


The successful applicant will have knowledge and experience of publicly funded programmes and in particular apprenticeships.  The applicant will be highly competent in using Microsoft office systems to undertake analysis, assessment and matching of information from complex data sets, updating of online programme monitoring systems utilising our CRM system, preparation of financial information in relation to grant funded programmes.  Excellent communication skills, particularly email and telephone skills, are required in order to liaise directly with businesses and organisations applying for programme support.

This post is funded through limited/time bound external funding.


Secondment opportunities will be considered for this post, however, in line with the Combined Authority’s Secondments Policy, you must have 12 months’ service in your current role and seek approval from your current line manager.


If you would like an informal chat or have questions about the post please contact Rachel Bonner on 0113 348 1823 or email


For more information about the work of the Combined Authority please visit

Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 Days Holiday plus bank holidays
  • Free Travel on rail and buses with the M-Card zones 1-5
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Practises with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role; please upload your CV to our online application tool. Then complete the supporting information tab linking your relevant work experience back to the role profile, bringing you CV to life.

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on 17 October 2021

Further Information

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture and represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone or video interview.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.