Local Workforce

Investing in your employees’ skills is key to improving the productivity of your business. This is why we are working with a wide range of businesses to improve their staff’s skills, tailored to their sector specific needs.

To support our ambition of growing the area’s economy, we are focusing our skills investment in priority areas, including the bio-economy, agri-tech, engineering, construction, health and social care, visitor economy and voluntary, social and community enterprise sectors.

Our aim is to support the local workforce to continuously develop new skills, helping grow our area’s businesses and also creating fulfilling careers for those who work here.

Workforce Skills | Apprenticeships | Higher Level Skills Workforce Strategy


Workforce Skills

Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is focussed upon increasing the skill levels of employees in small and medium sized enterprises and micro businesses across our area’s priority growth sectors. It also supports sole traders, who represent a significant proportion of the area’s overall workforce.

The programme helps to improve progression at work and productivity by addressing skills gaps through tailored training, including nationally recognised qualifications. For many employees, the fully publicly funded training under the programme can help them develop the confidence and acquire the skills to succeed in high quality apprenticeships.

The programme can also help those either facing or recently made redundant.

For more information e-mail Cat Smith at Calderdale College. ([email protected]) or ring her on: 07872010326.

In this film, you can hear from our providers and employers who have accessed fully funded training through Calderdale College’s Skills Support for the Workforce project:



Apprenticeships are increasing popular within the YNYER region. They support young people and adults to secure a lifetime of sustained skilled employment and meet the needs of our growing and changing economy.

Businesses of all sizes see apprenticeships as an opportunity to recruit individuals to gain employability and trade skills whilst also utilising the training to develop their staff with 20% off the job training.

Apprenticeships assist the economic growth within the region as they boost skills and productivity.  Businesses are increasingly offering higher level apprenticeships, which can equal degree and master levels to retain skilled and talented individuals within the local area.

Individuals who are already in employment can undertake an apprenticeship enhancing their skills and qualifications.  Businesses recruiting new roles choose to look towards apprenticeships as they provide the training to meet the standards needed to suit the job role. 


Employer’s Apprenticeship Toolkit

An online, interactive employers’ apprenticeship toolkit, developed in partnership with Humber LEP has been designed for businesses already engaging with apprenticeships as well as those that are just beginning their apprenticeship journey.

The content provides in-depth information for employers about on how to maximise apprenticeship funding, navigate the apprenticeship levy and gives guidance to improving apprenticeship recruitment and retention, signposting to local and national resources.

By employing apprentices or investing in apprenticeship training for existing staff, businesses of any size can address their skills gaps and meet their growth aspirations. You can download the Employer’s Apprenticeship Toolkit here.


Higher level skills

Higher level skills, including those in specialised technical areas, are critical to increasing productivity and sustainable career progression.

Over the coming months, the LEP will be publishing research highlighting current provision and areas where there are gaps and new types of training are needed to meet both existing and emerging employer demand for higher level skills, especially in critical sectors for the LEP such as of agri-tech, digital, engineering and health and social care.

The LEP is also working closely with FE, HE and employer partners – led by York College – as they establish an Institute of Technology (IoT) in the region. 12 IoTs have been announced across England, attracting government funding and tasked with developing high quality technical routes to gaining sought after skills and technical qualifications as a credible alternative to a university focused academic pathway.

Workforce Strategy
The aim of our Workforce Strategy is simple: to nurture a local workforce that is constantly developing new skills, helping to grow our area’s businesses and create fulfilling careers for those who work across the entire area served by the LEP. The strategy is underpinned by eight ambitions and informed by the array of initiatives, research and investments in workforce development commissioned by the LEP over recent years:
Follow the link here to the Strategy.