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Member events to put on your radar

Here’s a roundup of upcoming events from Leeds City Region Skills Network member organisations. From workshops and CPDs to conferences, there’s a skills event for everyone here.

If you’re a member and would like to submit an event, please email to be included in the next events update.

Go Higher West Yorkshire

Head Start – Train the Trainer

Wednesday 27 February 2019, 2.30 – 4.30pm

Train the Trainer will focus on resources for prospective young apprentices and their key influences. The two-hour interactive session will be of interest to those working with prospective apprentices (this may include HE outreach / student recruitment teams).

Go Higher West Yorkshire has recently developed Head Start, a video workshop that focuses on real life higher level and degree apprentices. The 40-50 minute workshop is designed for delivery to groups of 10 to 30 young people and can be used in a variety of settings, including classrooms and community centres.

The aim of the campaign is to ensure young people and their key influencers are informed about higher and degree level apprenticeships and that they understand what the experience is like, from the employer’s and apprentice’s perspective.

This session will enable you to deliver the workshop and / or promote it to the people who can.

Click here for more information

Access All Areas Creative Industries CPD and Live Show

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 4 – 6pm (creative industries CPD) / 5.30 – 8.30pm (live show)

The free event will showcase careers and HE opportunities in the live events and creative industries.

TheCPD sessions, led by creative industry experts for educators, will include exclusive tours and unique insight from industry experts including the organisers of the Long Division music festival and The Burberry Foundation. It is aimed at careers and education professionals from West Yorkshire.

The Live Show will include live student performances and role models from HE, university/college information, creative industries CPD and industry experts. It is aimed at young people (Year 9 -13 from NCOP areas)*, parents/carers, careers/community and education professionals across West Yorkshire.

The event is being delivered in partnership with Go Higher West Yorkshire (NCOP), Backstage Academy/Production Park and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

Click here for more information

*Castleford/Featherstone/South Elmsall/South Kirby/Wakefield Central/Hemsworth and Knottingley

West Yorkshire Learning Providers

Mental Health Awareness Webinar

Never has mental health been more in the spotlight and as such it’s important that we have the skills to be able to identify where there could be a mental health issue with our learners. As such, West Yorkshire Learning Providers will be running a basic webinar every month to raise awareness of mental health and recognise signs of mental health issues.

Mental Health Awareness Workshop

Following the success of the Mental Health Webinar, West Yorkshire Learning Providers are offering a one day Mental Health Awareness Workshop. WYLP have the new EIF from September 2019 and there will be a focus on staff workload and wellbeing as well as the learners, so we need to ensure that we are not only addressing learners’ mental health but also our own staff teams.

This one day Mental Health Awareness Workshop will explore in detail recognising signs and symptoms and also signposting for the following:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Suicide
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-Harm

OTLA Training

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Observation plays a pivotal role within the quality of teaching, learning and assessment to ensure that all learners are receiving a high standard of education, which will enable them to progress in life, learning and work. A strong observation system provides a secure platform to build effective support and CPD for teachers, contributes to an accurate SAR and QIP as well as tracking and monitoring of learners to name a few.

Spring Conference

Friday 12 April 2019 – Leeds City College

The spring conference will provide attendees with the latest FE sector updates including Ofsted, apprenticeships and devolution. Along with guest speakers from World Skills UK, Northern Skills Network and conference sponsors.

Click here for more information

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

One Yorkshire Devolution Conference

Friday 8 March 2019

In a post-Brexit UK, ensuring all parts of the UK are able to play their full role in fuelling national growth has never been more important.

By striking a devolution deal that matches the scale of its ambition, Yorkshire can fulfil its potential and develop a thriving, more productive and more inclusive economy that leads to better life outcomes for its population.

This event will bring together leaders and decision makers from Local and Central Government, business and civil society, to debate an inform:

  • How devolution for One Yorkshire will work in practice
  • How One Yorkshire can shape a coherent Industrial Strategy for the region
  • Why Yorkshire’s brilliant future is based on inclusion
  • Why Yorkshire can power Northern growth
  • What Yorkshire needs to close the national productivity gap
  • What the urban and rural challenges and opportunities may be
  • What the drivers of Yorkshire’s new economy will need to be including transport, connectivity, infrastructure, digital tech, and skills

Contributors include:

  • The Leaders, Chief Executives and / or representatives of all the 18 local authorities supporting One Yorkshire and the Sheffield City Region Mayor
  • Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth
  • Prof. Kate Pickett, University of York, co-author of The Spirit Level
  • John Grogan MP, Robert Goodwill MP
  • Tracey Lancaster, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University
  • Prof. John Tomaney, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, UCL
  • Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica

Click here for more information

Aspire-igen Group

Careers Live 2019

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Careers Live is a free event providing the perfect opportunity to engage with leading thinkers in the CEIAG sector about what the future holds.

For schools and colleges working with CEIAG providers and Senior Managers in Education, Careers Live 2019 is an opportunity to review how CEAIG policy is being implemented and to look at what more can be done to improve quality in CEIAG design and delivery.



  • Head Teachers and Principals, Senior Leaders, Head of Careers, Head of Sixth Form, PHSE Leads, Governors with career responsibilities

Colleges & Universities

  • Principals, Careers Leads, Careers Advisers

Learning Providers

  • Those with CEIAG responsibility in the organisation


  • Local Authority representatives with CEIAG links, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Careers Adivsers, Those with an interest in CEIAG


  • Update yourself on the current careers strategy, policies and political influences.
  • Analyse the future context for careers strategy in England and consider the response in your setting
  • Review ‘Quality in Careers’
  • Network with like-minded professionals in the CEAIG sector
  • Contribute to workshops and share ideas to improve CEAIG in schools and colleges

Click here for more information

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