West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

The More Skills Better Jobs (£2.2m) contract encourages employers to work with our training partners to develop and deliver learning opportunities for low skilled, low paid adults.

The contract builds on the recommendations from the ‘More Jobs, Better Jobs’ research carried out by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Leeds City Region LEP and Leeds City Council, and the recommendations of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Lower Paid Workers Commission

The target group for More Skills Better Jobs are those employed and in receipt of means tested benefits and employed women who are in low paid work.

Contracted by WYCC, the Joint Venture Colleges will be working closely with employers to deliver training programmes to low paid, low skilled workforces. The format of these programmes will adapt on a case by case basis to be accessible to the workforce. The objective is to promote social mobility which will allow businesses become more resilient through developing and training the existing workforce

WYCC will also facilitate a series of projects to test methods and seek solutions to overcome barriers faced by those in low paid work through a series of Action Research Demonstrators designed to test new skill approaches to address the ‘In-Work Poverty’ agenda.

Facilitated by WYCC, the activities will test the findings of key national and regional research that has identified barriers, and potential solutions to workplace-progression.

Where relevant, the consortium will release a series of tender opportunities specialist providers to deliver these programmes.


Details of any WYCC commissions are advertised and managed through the In-tend website, where you must register to access the opportunities and to be considered for specialist delivery or projects. Please note: The Selection Questionnaire (SQ) is currently under review. Please only complete the registration on Intend until further notice.

WYCC would like to work with employers to pilot new ways of working to provide low paid, low skilled workers the opportunity to progress.