Let's Talk Real Skills (LTRS) is a skills project happening now in the Leeds City Region. Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), LTRS aims to make significant improvements in skills provision through collaboration between businesses and education.
Working on a sector by sector basis, WYCC has formed nine Collaborative Skills Partnerships (CSPs) to understand what is currently available and what the common skills gaps are. Collectively, we can create new training provision for businesses to meet the skills requirements over the next five to ten years.
Working closely with intermediaries, stakeholders and employer groups, our team of Skills Associates will identify the skills needed by SMEs in the region and take a stepped approach to changing the skills landscape.
Step one Identify current training provision available for the sector.
Step two Identify SME skills needs in the sector and what if any, gaps, challenges or issues exist.
Step three Identify new provision and pathways that could plug the skills gaps and meet the challenges and issues for SMEs.
Next steps Working closely with businesses, our Skills Associates will develop, trial and test the provision needed to meet the skills gaps. They will aim to develop the capacity and capability of both SMEs and providers to deliver and take up the training.
The CSPs will work closely with businesses to encourage and help them take up the pilot training provision on offer and test it out. The learning from these pilot projects will then be used to inform and develop further training programmes for SMEs and where appropriate, the pathways to higher apprenticeships.
Skills Plans Available: As part of the project, WYCC and its partner colleges are offering an extensive skills planning service (free) to support businesses with their immediate training needs. Just get in touch to book in.
Choose a Collaborative Skills Partnerships from the options below to find out more about the progress and the skills opportunities that sector.