Local Workforce

Key to being a productive business is investing in your workforce. This is why we work with businesses to improve their staff’s skills, tailored to their sector specific needs.

To grow our economy, we are focusing investment in our priority sectors including the bioeconomy, engineering, construction, health and social care, the visitor economy and voluntary, social and community enterprises.

We want a local workforce that is constantly developing new skills, helping to not only grow our area’s businesses but also to create fulfilling careers for those who work here.


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, micro businesses and self-employed enterprises, in our area’s priority growth sectors.

The project helps to improve the prospects of employees progressing in the workplace by addressing the issues faced by those without qualifications.

The initiative provides support to individuals facing or recently made redundant; assists underrepresented groups such as Women into Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and conducts research into future skills needs to develop new training for emerging roles.

You can find out more information here or email [email protected]


Yorkshire Apprenticeship Hub


On average, businesses that invest in training perform better than those who do not. There are skills gaps in sectors which employ large numbers in our area, including health and social care, the visitor economy and construction. Our Apprenticeship Services contract, delivered by Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, helps people in employment who require significant new knowledge and skills to access apprenticeships, at all levels, including higher and degree.

The project offers a point of contact for impartial advice on apprenticeships, including reforms and changes to funding. Apprenticeship advisers offer one-to one support to employers, matching their training needs and signposting to appropriate delivery.

The project also identifies employers who can offer new apprenticeship vacancies and brokerage support to ensure a recruitment outcome.

To find out more you can email [email protected] or call 01723356288

Or visit the Yorkshire Apprenticeship Hub website.
Higher Level Skills

There is a clear link between investment in higher level skills and a business’s competitive advantage. Businesses need to train their staff to keep pace with technology and ensure increased productivity.

We are supporting employers to fill skills gaps,  by empowering individuals to start on higher level skills and higher and degree apprenticeships. We want to ensure that there are more opportunities for graduates and underemployed graduates to progress to higher level jobs.

The Higher Level Skills project, managed by Calderdale College, develops and supports the delivery of new, advanced vocational provision where mainstream provision is not available and upskills employed graduates in specialist, technical and employable skills by providing taster units of relevant vocational training.

The project works with businesses to increase graduate opportunities and internships. It will drive up skills levels, focusing on those skills that are sought by our local employers.

You can find out more information here or email [email protected]
You can see all of our latest skills projects and who to contact in this document.