The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group serves the education and skills needs of the Yorkshire region from its campuses in Castleford, Selby and Wakefield. As a new, combined institution, the Group was formed following the merger of Selby College and Wakefield College on 1st March 2022.
The Group offers an expansive range of post-16 provision, apprenticeships, higher education, adult qualifications and distance learning, through its wide variety of full and part-time courses. It also works closely with employers locally, regionally and nationally to deliver work-based training programmes to meet existing and future skills shortages.
Across its three campuses, the Group serves approximately 10,000+ students, with more than 1,200 Higher Education students and Apprentices. With a combined turnover of £36 million, the Group currently employs more than 900 teaching and support staff.
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Each year our annual Arts Festival has seen a sensational array of exhibitions, shows and productions that have thrilled audiences and challenged the performers.
Facts & Figures
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Total number of students in 2021 - 2022.
Three campuses in three locations across the region.
Total number of higher education students taught in 2021 - 2022.
Total number of apprentices taught in 2021 - 2022.
Total number of staff across the group.
Total combined turnover.
DFN Project SEARCH students featured on BBC’s The One Show
Friday, 19 May, 2023
Students on the DFN Project SEARCH programme – a partnership between the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group and the Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust -…
Group named Apprenticeship Award finalists
Wednesday, 10 May, 2023
The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group is delighted to have been shortlisted for a number of accolades at the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023.
Group expands its Green Skills offer with new Construction courses
Friday, 21 April, 2023
Addressing the need for green skills in the construction industry, the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group has introduced a brand-new range of part-time…
Group and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust hit 100th Apprentice milestone in academic year
Monday, 6 March, 2023
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust recently welcomed its 100th Apprentice with the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group since August 2022 - demonstrating…
Heart of Yorkshire Education Group Apprenticeship Awards winners announced
Friday, 10 February, 2023
The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group marked National Apprenticeship Week 2023 with its Annual Apprenticeship Awards – recognising the exceptional achievements…
Heart of Yorkshire Education Group expands Adult provision
Thursday, 15 December, 2022
At the height of the cost of living crisis, the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group is providing adult learners with the opportunity to enhance their prospects…
Right at the heart of Yorkshire
The merger of Wakefield College and Selby College, and the creation of the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group brings many new benefits to learners across the region and beyond.
We will offer a wider range of courses and apprenticeships at all levels, including additional higher education pathways, increased support for our students and extended services for employers.
We will take the very best practice from colleagues at both Colleges and combine it to enhance students’ experiences inside the classroom and outside. We believe this will result in better results for our students, improved progression opportunities and career enhancement.
The merger creates a much larger College entity, which will mean more funding and the ability to invest in developing our offer to benefit students and apprentices across a wide geographical area.
As separate organisations, both colleges have invested heavily in creating real-world learning environments and teaching spaces in recent years. As a Group, this investment will continue at pace to ensure our learners have access to the highest quality facilities.
As a new, combined institution, we will continue to share proven expertise in quality improvement, ensuring that students across our communities can access a high-quality learning experience with excellent standards of support.
Both Selby and Wakefield Colleges already work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders and partners and are integral hubs within their local communities. We will continue to play a key role in addressing social exclusion and raising aspirations by providing inclusive opportunities.