Heart of Yorkshire Education Group is a recently merged amalgamation of Selby College and Wakefield College, who together have decades of experience in delivery high quality Apprenticeships provision. The Food and Drink sector is a key plank of the apprenticeship strategy for The Heart of Yorkshire education group for many reasons. The location of the group’s campuses in terms of employer base with North and West Yorkshire, and proximity to motorway networks, makes us the ideal group of develop and deliver a centre of excellence within this sector.
With a continued focus and strategic aim to grow our Food & Drink provision, Selby College and Wakefield College merged in March 2022 to form the ‘Heart of Yorkshire Education Group’ – bringing significant benefits to the region.. The newly formed organisation aims to meet the education and skills needs across Yorkshire from its campuses in Castleford, Selby and Wakefield. Combining the strengths of both Colleges, the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group will facilitate new and enhanced opportunities for students, apprentices and employer partners, by expanding its course offer, improving learning through the sharing of best practice, meeting local skills demands and creating more opportunities for professional growth of employees. We see our strategy as 3 themes, manufacture, packaging and distribution for the Food and Drink Sector.
Our Experience of food and Drink delivery specifically through our Selby campus includes numerous Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance apprentices successfully at EPA and numerous Food & Drink Process Operations & technical operators through EPA. In addition we offer apprenticeships that support F&D companies such as Level 4 Higher engineering, Leadership & Management, Improvement technician, as well as various business and professional apprenticeships.
Our strategy encompasses all ages and funding types and aligns with LMI in terms of jobs for the future, local skills gaps, advanced manufacturing (automation) and green skills, we feel that the NSAFD are a key partner in achieving our goals in the area.