The agreement, signed at Kirklees College, symbolises the commitment from colleges in West Yorkshire to work together to fulfil the region’s skills priorities and is supported by the LEP and other strategic partners.
The college partnership includes Bradford College, Calderdale College, Kirklees College, Leeds College of Building, Leeds City College, Shipley and Wakefield College who, together, formed West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) in 2002.
Since forming WYCC, over £150m of funding has been secured for training initiatives delivered across the region.
Andy Welsh, chief executive officer of Bradford College Group, said: “At Bradford College we have a strong track record of working with others in education and business and value collaboration with others.
“This Joint Venture builds on the collaborative work already carried out with other colleges and will allows us collectively to do more than we can do individually. It will help us secure much needed funding to bring to Bradford to improve the skills of the local workforce and build even more strength into Bradford District as a thriving labourmarket.”
Ian Billyard, chair of WYCC and principal of Leeds College of Building said: "Further Education is a vital contributor to economic activity. The Joint Venture now elevates WYCC’s capabilities even further in terms of collaborative performance by being best placed to address the region’s skills priorities and provide the sustainable, long-term solutions needed.”
Louise Tearle, partnership director WYCC, said: “The Agreement powerfully demonstrates the next phase of partnership working for the Consortium. It will enhance the already extensive contribution made to assisting businesses and the positive impact on individuals and skill levels across the region."
The Consortium is looking forward to working with partners and stakeholders across Leeds City Region on future opportunities that raise the bar on skills and support the region.
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