Throughout the year we host a number of events for large and small businesses to meet our GROW Training & Apprenticeship Teams - why not come and meet us?!


We have no events planned at the moment. Details of 2017 events will published soon.

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In the meantime, why not take a look at the details below regarding our previous ones!

Are you ready for the levy?

On Thursday 1st December, Leeds City College Apprenticeship Team held it’s “Are you ready for the Levy?” event  at The Food Academy, situated at the iconic Printworks Campus, Hunslet.

Fifty plus large businesses from across Leeds City Region were invited to this free event to find out more about the new Apprenticeship Levy to be introduced by the Government from April 2017, how this could affect their business and how Leeds City College can support these businesses to make the most of their levy payments through their expansive Apprenticeship offer.

Those in attendance included Carillion, Yorkshire Water, Leeds United, Sweco, Leeds City Council and Sky Betting and Gaming, covering sectors across Leeds City Region including Education, Hospitality, Engineering, Finance and Business.

Liam Prendergast, Director of Sales and Brian Archer, Executive Director both of Leeds City College addressed the attendees with information about the current political situation regarding Government Apprenticeship targets and the forthcoming Apprenticeship Reforms including the Levy.

Andrew TupmanEmerging Talent Manager of Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) gave an interesting and engaging insight into the YBS Apprenticeship Programme and Caroline Laffey, Director at KPMG gave a thought provoking presentation about the forthcoming Gender Pay Gap Reporting legislation, how it will impact on larger businesses and what can be done to prepare for it.

Over the coming months, Leeds City College will be developing its Apprenticeship service to support these businesses and others as the Levy approaches. Whether you’re a large employer who may be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy or an SME – Leeds City College can help you to find Apprentices to maximise your investment and benefit your business.


GROW Training Café Tastes Success at Leeds Business Week 2016!


On Monday 17th October the Grow Training Café successfully held its second event of the year at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds. The event was even bigger and better than the one held in July with the number of delegates this time reaching just under 150! 

Offered as part of Leeds Business Week 2016, this event gave local businesses the opportunity to experience 6 free training tasters covering: Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Management, Facebook Advertising, Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Coaching Skills and Flexing Your Leadership Style.

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GROW Training Café serves up new tasty new training menu!

The GROW Training Café (by Leeds City College) launched its new programme of training workshops for smaller businesses on Wednesday 20th July at the iconic Printworks Campus on Hunslet Road.

The launch event was a great success with over 60 small businesses in attendance. The attendees enjoyed a welcome from Joanne Patrickson, Director of Business Development & Employer Engagement who explained “The focus of the new GROW Training Café is to support smaller businesses – to nurture them so they can develop the skills they need to compete and succeed in their market.  The workshops developed are ideal for those only have one or two people to train and complement the bespoke in-house training which GROW already offers for larger businesses”.

The businesses then took part in a number of free micro-workshop sessions covering The Art of Selling, Search Engine Marketing and Social Media for Business delivered by industry experts.

The sessions were very well received and attendees had many good things to say!

“Fantastic insight in to the courses offered – I have taken away some great tips on social media. And – lunch was delicious! Thank You”

Roxy Cramp – F.L.P

“Thank you to all who were involved in the GROW Training Café today. We both found the sessions beneficial and enjoyable! Great opportunity to refresh and plenty of tips to take away. The food / lunch was delicious and what a venue! Thanks again! We will be back!”

Danni Sheldon, Marketing Manager – Academic Appointments Ltd

"A very informative event, would definitely recommend”

Tracy Carpenter – Iris Training