Useful Information

Higher Level Skills

Businesses employing highly skilled people reap the benefits of higher productivity; they are able to pay more so attract high quality employees.

For further information about how Universities and College’s can support you with addressing the skill’s needs of your organisation contact:

HEART (Higher Education Access Rewarding Transforming)
T: 0113 343 2312
Tweet: @heartwestyorks

Explanation of Skills Levels

See attached chart to understand the different levels of qualifications and how they equate to qualifications.

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Skills Providers

There are a range of provides locally and nationally who are able to help you with identifying current and future skills needs and providing practical solutions

Wakefield College – Services to Business
T: 01924 789715

Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service
T: 01924 303301

Funding Support for Skills

There are a range of opportunities that may support you in developing your workforce:

UKCES Employer Ownership of Skills:
(closing date for bids is 28 March 2013)

ESF Workforce Skills (announcement awaited of successful provider)

Funding Unit - Calderdale College

01422 399 339


Work based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which led to national recognised qualifications. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees.  Funding is available to train apprentices. For further information:
T: 01924 789333                    
E:   (live from 18.3.12)

General info on skills for business includes grants for employees:

National Careers Service

National Careers Service offers free, independent and professional careers and skills advice.
Help is available online, over the phone, or face to face.

Apprenticeship Levy

In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.

The apprenticeship levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships. You can benefit from this investment by training apprentices

Find out more here