West Yorkshire Learning Providers (WYLP) are delighted to receive ministerial approval to become a member of the government’s Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme.

WYLP is a membership based non-for-profit regional network of training organisations, whose key focus is supporting skills providers, colleges, schools and universities in the promotion and development of high quality apprenticeship and skills programmes across Yorkshire. WYLPs Managing Director, Alex Miles said:
“At WYLP our vision and passion is to develop a high quality apprenticeship & skills system across Yorkshire and the North so the partnership with the NPH enhances our capacity and demonstrates our commitment to developing education and skills – We strongly believe that apprenticeships are the key to social mobility, improved productivity and enhancing the quality of lives for young people and adults and we look forward to promoting and celebrating achievements by WYLP and the other NPH partners across the North.”

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, said:
“Giving young people the skills they need to seize opportunities, get good jobs and reach their full potential is vital to boosting prosperity across the North.
“I want the Northern Powerhouse to lead the way on high-quality, high-level vocational qualifications so I am delighted to welcome West Yorkshire Learning Providers to the ever-growing Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme and look forward to their contribution towards our shared ambitions.”

The announcement of WYLP joining the partnership comes at a great time for Education & skills across the North, with the development of the Northern Skills Network – a partnership of 9 local provider networks coming together for a single agenda of enhancing and developing the skills system across the North of England, in which WYLP is a board director, a heightened focus on developing the North transport and skills gaps as stated by the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, plus the discussions around devolution in Yorkshire and WYLPs MD Alex Miles joining the Leeds City Region Employment & Skills Board.