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New skills service provides training support for West Yorkshire firms

NEW offering: Joanne Patrickson, Ian Billyard, Louise Tearle (all WYCC) with Steph McGovern at the Skills Service launch.
NEW offering: Joanne Patrickson, Ian Billyard, Louise Tearle (all WYCC) with Steph McGovern at the Skills Service launch.

Broadcaster Steph McGovern helped the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) launch a new service for businesses in the Leeds City Region last Tuesday.

The Skills Service will offer businesses a unique package of support for training and skills in the Leeds City Region.

WYCC represents the seven Further Education colleges in West Yorkshire and has secured over £12 million from the European Social Fund to provide new training for those in low paid, low skilled work; helping more people into higher level training, and providing The Skills Service.

Joanne Patrickson, project director at the WYCC said: “Many businesses will be familiar with the success of the previous LEP Skills Service.

“With the support of our partners, we’re delighted to have secured funding to continue this service to businesses for the next three years.

“Alongside our offer to businesses that aims to increase high level skills and skills that support progression from low paid employment, our WYCC Skills Service Advisors will explore opportunities with businesses to offer the right skills solutions for our region.”

Steph said: “One of my favourite projects is World Skills. This is a fantastic event that I’m happy to champion and it shows people just how much opportunity and variety there is in the workplace.”

The service has launched with an online skills catalogue that lists existing courses for businesses, plus an online enquiry service for employers to get in touch.

Information and enquiry details are now available at www.skillsservice.co.uk.