On Wednesday 28th October we hosted an event to celebrate the success of our externally funded projects. The event which was hosted at Calderdale College’s Inspire Centre welcomed over 130 guests including our large network of training providers, representatives from the Skills Funding Agency, the Leeds City Region LEP skills service and Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Councillor Ferman Ali and Mrs Shaheen Ali.
The objective of the event was to showcase our work with over 23,000 employers which resulted in the delivery of over 90,000 qualifications to employed individuals. This has been achieved through the successfully securing over £100 million in European Social Funded projects which include; The Skills Enhancement Fund, Workplace Learning and English and maths for the Employed.
Feedback from employers who have accessed the training is overwhelming. Some of this feedback was presented at the event through video case studies. One of the videos concentrated on the benefits of working with Remploy, showcasing what they have achieved with businesses through The Skills Enhancement Fund.
Tina Brown Managing Director at Enabled Works in Leeds comments on the impact of the funding; “The funding has significantly helped us get the people trained up in areas that we needed to move our business forward…without the funding we wouldn’t have been able to do the training at all. We have been able to push the business forward; people are trained in areas that attract better business. It’s helped us grow the business and keep people in employment.”
When speaking about the success of the event, Denise Cheng Carter, Vice Principal of Finance and Resource at the College said: “Our External Funding Unit has been in operation for 14 years, with the successful delivery of employer-focused contracts to support the delivery of skills training. The event was a huge success and the perfect opportunity to showcase our work with employers and to say thank you to our providers and the team at the College for all their hard work.”
Louise Tearle, Partnership Director of WYCC gave delegates an overview of the partnership and emphasised the successful partnership of the delivery; “These projects have been delivered through one of the most diverse partnerships in the country; which has allowed local delivery through bespoke and sector specific training. The geographical spread is huge with providers from Warrington to Hull, Carlisle to Birmingham and everywhere in between; we have worked with Colleges, Universities and Private Training Providers throughout the North of England…I would call that a real Northern Powerhouse.”
Over achieved expectations
Tim Allan Principal Consultant at York Consulting presented delegates with a preview of the feedback from employers who have accessed the funding. It was evident from the feedback that our network of providers have over achieved on expectations from employers and participants, headline figures include:
Mark Lunn, Director of External Funding closed the event by providing delegates with information on future opportunities, he comments: “It’s evident from the event that the funding and training has had a real impact on providers, employers and participants who have worked with Calderdale College. We hope that all delegates who attended the event feel that their work has been celebrated and we hope to maintain this successful partnership approach going forward.”
Available to download below are the presentations from the event:
You can watch the event video here: