Funded Programmes with Pro-Development


Pro-development are a local training partner with the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC). WYCC launched their Higher Performing Workplaces project in April 2020 aimed at supporting SMEs in the Leeds City Region to grow through developing internal talent with an extensive range of training programmes with 40% funding towards the cost from the European Social Fund (ESF).


Are you eligible for funding?

Funding is available for SMEs based within the Leeds City Region – Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York; and; who employ fewer than 250 full time equivalent staff with an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million.

Fully funded offer

Through the European Social Fund project – Higher Performing Workplaces, business owners, leaders, senior managers, and key decision makers will have the opportunity to overcome business barriers, explore challenges and learn from peers in a supportive, confidential environment.

Participants will set the topics for conversation; just tell us what challenges you are currently facing in the registration form. This may include, but is not limited to leadership, change management, HR policy, changing markets, training and skills, short term planning, having difficult conversations, redundancy. The virtual peer to peer sessions are available in September, October and November, and can be booked via the WYCC website or on Eventbrite

40% Funding projects

For the following programmes, those eligible will receive 40% funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) for businesses. Employers contribute 60% of the total cost of the business support. Funding is available throughout 2020.


Mentoring will be available to employed individuals in SMEs and is in response to the current climate and aims to build employees skills to cope with the volatile and complex challenges they currently face. We will be able to mentor both business and personal performance including areas such as dealing with change, communication, problem solving, managing time, improving leadership, staff motivation and teamwork.

Empowering Leaders

We have funding available to develop the skills of managers and leaders. Developing personal management capability; making effective use of information in decision-making operations and the development of the skills in managing people and driving performance through a range of bespoke programmes: – • Our 7-month experiential leadership programmes which utilises learning activities using the outdoors and one to one coaching sessions. • Our 6-month classroom based manager programme which is supported with action learning groups • Our 1-day People Fundamentals programme for new or emerging managers • A 4-month programme of coaching

Innovative Working Practices – Employee Engagement

We also have the opportunity of developing a bespoke programme starting with the organisations business goals, vision, values and outcomes with our employee engagement programmes are developed to ensure that it best suits the business, learning outcomes and leadership needs: – • Assessment tool to identify business engagement levels • Training sessions and workshops • Coaching / Mentoring • Action Learning sets All programmes will receive 40% funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) for businesses. Employers contribute 60% of the total cost of the business support. Funding is available throughout 2020. If you are interested in accessing the funding, just get in touch and we will check your eligibility and help you understand what solutions will best fit your needs. Please contact us either by email using or call us on 07772 921460.