The South Yorkshire Skills Accelerator is putting business engagement at the heart of the regional skills agenda

It’s time to transform the way we develop skills in South Yorkshire. Bringing together businesses, skills providers, and local government, we want to create an agile and responsive skills system that offers new ways of training and empowering people in education and the workforce.

As one of only eight trailblazer regions, this is South Yorkshire’s opportunity to build the best skills system in the UK.

How will we do it?

We need to find out from businesses of all sizes, across all industries, what is stopping or delaying you from growing and advancing your workforce. This includes the skills pipeline and your existing employees. Through a series of region-wide events, we are inviting employers to contribute to our research by telling us what is working, what barriers exist, and what should change.

Your input will help us to create a Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) which sets out the next steps needed to build the UK’s most agile skills system. We will deliver a report to the Strategic Development Fund and central Government, outlining exactly what help we need to build this system.

Who are we?

The South Yorkshire Skills Accelerator is run by those involved in the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) and the Strategic Development Fund (SDF). The LSIP is led by the Doncaster Chamber on behalf of the South Yorkshire Chambers and the SDF is led by Barnsley College on behalf of the South Yorkshire education and training providers. Our research partners are Kada Research, an independent and expert research company, and Sheffield Hallam University.

You can find out who sits on the Skills Accelerator Board here.

How to get involved

The more businesses that take part in this project, the better the results will be. We are making it easy and interesting for employers to get involved, by hosting a series of events concurrently across South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield), with a live stream to connect all four. Not only will you hear from other employers in your area, you’ll hear about challenges to workforce development throughout the region.

Kicking off our schedule of events is a Skills Accelerator Interactive Workshop, and you’ll find more details plus a registration link, below.

Skills Accelerator Interactive Workshop

Skills Accelerator Interactive Workshop

On Tuesday 18th January South Yorkshire Chambers are hosting an interactive workshop for employers to tell us what support you need to develop in your workforce for your company’s future growth and development.

18 January 2022, 09:30-12:30

Do you want to know more about the South Yorkshire Skills Accelerator and why it is crucial that you get involved?

Please take a look at our e-brochure on the link below, where you can see video messages from key stakeholders of the project – including our Chair, Karen Mosley and Yiannis Koulis, Barnsley College CEO – as well as reading essential details such as project milestones and the profiles of our research partners.

E-Brochure