This is an adult employability project funded by the European Social Fund and led by Aspire-igen. Working to tackle social exclusion in Bradford, Leeds and Kirklees, the project focuses on expanding innovative and successful approaches to addressing barriers to inclusion and employment.
We provided project and bid development support to successfully secure funding. Ongoing support has involved project setup and compliance guidance.
Find out more at: https://theopportunitycentre.com/projects/progress2work/
York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP Workforce Development Strategy
We undertook research as part of the Calderdale College-led Skills Support for the Workforce programme, funded through the European Social Fund. We identified key skills and workforce issues across the LEP area and working with the LEP Skills team, recommended and agreed the strategic framework and priorities for Workforce Development in the LEP area.
Find out more at https://www.ynylep.com/news/publications
This is a locally-managed programme providing support to residents and businesses in the most deprived parts of Keighley East, West and Central wards. It is part-funded through European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund, to ‘encourage local groups & organisations rooted in the community to deliver projects that contribute to increased employment, develop new & existing businesses and improve opportunities to enhance local life’
We supported Bradford Council, as Accountable Body, and the Local Area Group (made up of local representatives), to develop the strategy and secure the funding.
More information can be found at https://keighleyclld.org.uk/
Community-Led Local Development - Keighley
We worked with Bradford Council, Jobcentre Plus, Westfield, People First and a range of local and national skills providers, to establish this award-winning initiative. SkillsHouse is part of the National Skills Academy one-stop shop network, offering recruitment, skills and business developments support to retail and visitor economy businesses in Bradford.
We undertook the following work: market research and consultation; stakeholder engagement; business-planning; partner commissioning; office, facilities and project set-up; marketing and promotion facilitation; and interim project management.
Find out more at: https://www.skillshouse.co.uk/
Supporting British Exports
Trade Mission to Serbia to the British Food Expo 2016
Working with our international partner we have identified demand for British food and drinks in Serbia, alongside Bilateral trade opportunities for agri-businesses. We have worked with UKTI, Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the Serbian Embassy in the UK, and the British-Serbian Business Network to deliver a trade mission to Serbia to enable British businesses to take advantage of these trade opportunities.