Over 700 Staff to Benefit from LEP Skills Service £250,000

22 July 2015

Over 100 employers in the Leeds City Region will be able to upskill 700 staff following a major investment from the LEP. The £250,000 which will be made available to employers in the region will be delivered by the LEP's skills service.

The £250,000 includes 15% which has been used to assist Wakefield district based businesses. They will help businesses identify training needs and provide advice and funding to businesses according to their needs and objectives. The LEP skills service helps businesses access a £13.9 Million fund which is available until March 2017.

Stephanie Burras CBE, founder and chief executive of Ahead Partnership and chairperson of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Employment and Skills Panel said:

"As a private sector representative and skills lead on the LEP board I am pleased to see businesses taking advantage of the LEP skills service offer and accessing funding support for training. "The LEP's ambition is to grow the regional economy and to succeed, we need to support businesses to develop their workforce by investing in training. Providing employers with a skilled workforce plays a huge part in accelerating growth and unlocking the social and economic potential of the Leeds City Region."

Rachel Evans, talent development manager at Epiphany said:

"Epiphany is one of the largest search marketing agencies in the UK, employing over 160 members of staff in Leeds, London and Sydney, Australia. Thanks to the LEP we were able to access funding for staff to undertake leadership and time management training which essential skills for our staff are if we are to compete on a global scale.

"The funding and support means we can re-invest potential savings into further staff development and continue to grow our business both here in Leeds City Region and in international markets."

Other businesses taking advantage of this support include Wakefield-based leading manufacturing firm Custompac.

Jeremy Smith, director of Custompac said: "Our contact at Wakefield Council recommended we apply to the service for support with staff training. Thanks to the LEP, we were able to get funding for Solid Solutions CAD training, enabling us to advance staff skills and stay ahead of the competition."

*As reported by the business desk