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Supporting and working with employers across the region

At the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group, we understand that businesses need highly skilled individuals to help them innovate and grow. That is why we offer a range of flexible training and development programmes designed to support your employees’ personal development that are tailored to meet your business needs.

From Apprenticeships in the workplace to part-time Adult courses to Higher Education programmes and FREE Online Learning, we can help you to identify and address your existing and future skills demands. Explore this page to find out more about how we can work together to improve your workforce and the opportunities available to the local community.

As a new, combined institution, the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group was formed following the merger of Selby College and Wakefield College on 1st March 2022 and the formation of Castleford College as part of the merger. The strong geographical coherence of our campuses along the M62 corridor means that we can provide you with on-site training from any of our Castleford, Selby and Wakefield sites.

We are a massive believer and advocate for apprentices. We have used Heart of Yorkshire Education Group for our apprentices for the past 10 years and increased our intake of apprentices year-on-year. It’s better to train someone from leaving school at 16 as we can train them to our high standards. We also find it helps with job retention as the apprentices are more loyal to you as you’ve spent time training them.
Simon Nelson
Micra Truck Bodies
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Employer Feedback Survey

Please consider completing our employer feedback survey, so we can improve our services and respond better to the training needs of local businesses across the region.

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FREE Skills Needs Analysis

With many possible FREE funding options available and competitive rates, why not take steps to build a better workforce for the future with us?

Do you have skills shortages in your business but are unsure of what training you need or funding you can apply for? We can help!

Our Skills Needs Analysis is the process of identify areas for performance improvement and any gaps between the skills your business needs and those your employees have.

We can tell you about the options we can offer, funding which may be available, and if we are unable to provide the training you need, we probably know someone who can.

By undertaking a more formal Skills Needs Analysis, we can help you to identify exactly what skills you and your staff need to effectively carry out their role and suggest potential training options.

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Courses & Provision Available


Are you an employer looking at taking on an apprentice or thinking about putting existing staff on an Apprenticeship scheme?

Castleford College Selby College Wakefield College

Business & Professional Courses

Business & Professional Courses at the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group has a long history of providing high quality courses for those wishing to actively improve their careers and future prospects through professional development.

Wakefield College

FREE Online Learning

Our FREE Online Learning courses are available to anyone over the age of 19, and are available free of charge as long as they are completed within your given deadline.

Wakefield College

Emergency Service Contact Handling

This qualification can equip candidates with the skills to enable them to further their career in the roles of team leader, assistant office manager or supervisory role in the Customer Service and Emergency Services sectors.

Wakefield College

Work or Industry Placements

It is important that our students learn first-hand the operations of businesses within their chosen sector. We understand the value of employer contribution and the positive impact you have on young people. Our students will be your workforce of the future! We are looking for companies willing to provide real opportunities.

Wakefield College

English & Maths

We can help and support you to gain qualifications in English and Maths, whatever stage you’re at. GCSEs and Skills for Life qualifications are nationally recognised and achieving them can open doors to different courses and careers.

Castleford College Selby College Wakefield College

Digital Skills for Adults

Want to update your existing skills to improve your employment opportunities or learn something new to enhance your quality of life?

Wakefield College

Part-time Courses

We have a range of part-time courses starting throughout the year, so take a look at what’s coming up and take that next step with us, whether you are looking to upskill or do something for fun we have something for you.

Castleford College Selby College Wakefield College

Work Based Learning Programmes

Our Work Based Learning Programmes are for young adults who require a high-level of support to access employment. The courses focus on developing independence, confidence and employability skills through work experience opportunities with students and the employer, fully supported by a Job Coach.

Wakefield College

University Level Courses

Get a degree level qualification at the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group. We offer a wide range of courses at our Colleges in Castleford, Selby and Wakefield with over 50 different courses ranging from Animal Care to Teacher Training.

Castleford College Selby College Wakefield College

Institute of Technology

Selby College is amongst a consortium of colleges across the region to develop the Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology, which is one of twelve Institutes of Technology across the country designed to increase higher level technical skills for employers.

Selby College

40% Funding for SME’s

Wakefield College are a Specialist Skills Support Programme (SSSP) and Business Scale Up Development Programme (BSUP) provider, which enable us to provide 40% funding to SMEs in the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding regions for a number of qualifications, technical and bespoke training/support.

Wakefield College

Green Skills for Green Jobs

Our aim as an organisation is to place environmental sustainability at the heart of our activities with one of our strategic priorities to “Commit wholeheartedly to the development of sustainability within our communities.

Castleford College Selby College

Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Courses

Castleford College is helping professionals and individuals stay ahead of the curve with its brand-new range of Electric and Hybrid vehicle courses.

Castleford College
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Employer Testimonials

We use word of mouth through our employees to employ apprentices. However, the greatest resource we have locally is Heart of Yorkshire Education Group. In 2019, we got in touch with them to help us find candidates that meet our needs as the job demands students of a high calibre that possess the ability to learn quickly and absorb and retain that information. They have and continue to find us some outstanding candidates, many of which are still with us now, no longer apprentices. One of the many benefits of offering Apprenticeships we found is that they are loyal employees!
Craig Wigglesworth
Managing Director of a SME manufacturing company STT (Specialist Tooling Techniques)
We are delighted to have a strong and longstanding partnership with the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group, enabling us to work effectively with schools and the Group’s colleges to engage with and inspire the next generation to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. By involving Drax in the shaping of its curriculum, the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group is helping to address our skills needs and business goals through the development and delivery of innovative training programmes, including in vital technologies such as Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage. This not only ensures that we are able to futureproof our workforce but means we can position ourselves at the forefront of the green industrial revolution – creating and protecting thousands of jobs in our local community, whilst driving forward the UK’s net zero target.
Jane Breach
UK Community & Education Manager, Drax Power Station
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust employs almost 10,000 members of staff across Pinderfields Hospital, Dewsbury District Hospital, Pontefract Hospital, and adult community services in Wakefield.The relationship between the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group and the Trust is strong. I recently toured the Group’s facilities on the Wakefield Campus and held a meeting with their inspirational senior leadership team. The Group has been incredibly responsive to our workforce needs and I’m sure their partnership with health and care providers will go from strength-to-strength at both an operational and strategic level, for the benefit of the communities we all serve.
Phillip Marshall
Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust


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