Free support available to Leeds businesses from Employment & Skills Leeds

Find out what free business support is available to help with your employment and skills needs, and how you could get involved to inspire the future tech talent.

Employment and Skills at Leeds City Council can provide free support to Leeds business in many ways through direct connection with our team, or by introducing you to colleagues throughout the council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority who can offer advice and guidance on grants and funding, which could provide assistance to your continuous business growth. 

Over the last year we have worked with over 500 employers and helped recruit more than 3,000 people into jobs and apprenticeships. 

The Employment & Skills Leeds team can provide support with: 

  • Bespoke recruitment services 
  • Information and advice on apprenticeships and T-Levels, including full end to end process of recruiting an apprentice and maximising apprenticeship levy funding  
  • Retaining and attracting a more diverse workforce
  • Supported internships – what they are and how you would recruit 
  • Guidance on upskilling and reskilling your existing workforce 
  • Social value outcomes through engagement with the city’s schools, colleges, and local communities 
  • Finding out more about grants and funding available to you 
  • Developing a greener workforce 
  • Attending one of our showcase events at the Leeds First Direct Arena designed to attract future talent and increase awareness of your sector 

A Focus On The Digital Sector

Digital is one of our key sectors and we recognise that focusing on this sector will help us to drive growth and innovation across the economy.

Three pillars underpin our Best City Ambition, these are Health & Wellbeing, Inclusive Growth and Zero Carbon Ambitions; digital and tech will be a key driver of all of these priorities. As such, we need to ensure that businesses in the sector have the necessary skills and workforce to innovate, grow and contribute to our Best City Ambition.

A range of events and activities, facilitated by Employment & Skills Leeds and partners, have taken place across the year to promote digital skills and careers to a wide range of local residents and students, helping to increase a diverse workforce for local digital employers. These events include Leeds Tech Careers Launchpad sessions, University Student Insight events and Leeds Digital Careers Fair, and have all involved collaboration with a range of tech employers and training providers, which have been key to helping us demystify the world of tech and inspire more people to consider a role in the sector. The aim is to continue and expand on such events next year.

If you are interested in being involved as an event host, speaker or have an event of your own to promote, please visit our Employment & Skills Leeds website here.

Get In Touch

With a team that boasts wide ranging experience in both the public and private sector, and was awarded the Leeds Digital Festival 2023 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion award, we are dedicated to offering our free service to you, for the benefit of your business. 

Email our friendly team at [email protected] or visit Support For Employers | Inclusive Growth Leeds to find out more.

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