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Leeds City College has signed a Joint Venture Agreement that unites the region’s further education sector.

The Agreement, signed at Kirklees College symbolises the commitment from FE Colleges in West Yorkshire to work together to fulfil the region’s skills priorities and comes fully supported by the LEP and other key strategic partners.

The college partnership includes Bradford College, Calderdale College, Kirklees College, Leeds College of Building, Leeds City College, Shipley College and Wakefield College who, together, formed West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) in 2002.  Since then, over £150m funding has been secured for training initiatives delivered across the region and beyond.

Colin Booth, CEO and principal at Leeds City College, said: “It’s important that we work together to meet the economic needs of the region and collaboratively deliver on initiatives that bridge the skills gap, meet market demand and transfer vital skills to support business growth.”

Louise Tearle, partnership director for West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges, said: “The Agreement powerfully demonstrates the next phase of partnership working for the Consortium.   It will enhance the already extensive contribution made to assisting businesses and the positive impact on individuals and skills levels across the region.”

The Consortium is looking forward to working with partners and stakeholders across Leeds City Region on future opportunities that raise the bar on skills and support the region.

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Pictured are: back row, left to right: Andy Welsh, chief executive officer, Bradford College; Colin Booth OBE, principal & chief executive, Leeds City College; John Rees, principal & chief executive, Calderdale College; Ian Billyard, principal, Leeds College of Building. Front row, left to right: Nav Chohan, principal, Shipley College; Sam Wright, principal, Wakefield College and Peter McCann, principal & chief executive, Kirklees College

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