West Yorkshire Colleges contribute £1.8bn to the local economy annually

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Colleges’ Impact on Economy Praised at National Event

Last week Louise Tearle, Partnership Director for West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges travelled to London to attend the Economic Impact Study Best Practice User Group by special invitation to speak about business engagement. The event, hosted by EMSI, was an opportunity for WYCC to detail how they have utilised the EMSI research to support employer engagement with the Leeds City Region LEP.

The event was attended by 30 people, including the Deputy Chief Executive of 157 Group and several senior staff from across Colleges, and Louise was in attendance to discuss the ways in which the EMSI research revealed WYCC to be an excellent example of successful partnership working.


The EMSI research was commissioned in 2013 by Calderdale College and other Further Education colleges in West Yorkshire to measure their contribution to the local economy. The results powerfully demonstrate the impact the further education sector has on the region, most significantly that FE Colleges in West Yorkshire contribute £1.8 billion to the local economy.

The event served to highlight WYCC as a best practice model of exemplary strategic partnership working between Colleges. It was particularly important in raising the profile of the consortium, not only to highlight the study results, but also to emphasise West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges’ working partnerships with Leeds City Region.

EMSI Results are in the spotlight at Westminster


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Further Education Colleges in West Yorkshire commissioned research to measure their contribution to the local economy

The results powerfully demonstrate the impact the further education sector has on the region and are captured here with a specific look at a range of statistics from different perspectives.

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