Wakefield, A learning city & district


Wakefield Council is working towards a ‘Learning City’ culture within its Employment and Skills Strategy. An ambitious plan for the districts residents and businesses.

Becoming ‘A Learning City’ will enable a bright future in a fast changing, progressive city. Setting out an ambitious programme of work, our strategy makes sure that people will realise their potential and have the skills to get a job and progress in work as well as ensuring employers have access to people with the right skills they need for growth now and in the future.

Working together with our partners we have made great strides in recent years: but there is more to be done to drive collaborative working across providers and employers for the benefit of the district. A sustained collaborative effort is required to see our ambitions realised, by sharing expertise, targeting resources and taking collective action.

Check out the official video


Our Aims

-Skills for the future…

To improve the skills of our existing and future workforce. To be a District where learning is innovative, technologically advanced and narrows the skills gap to develop a highly skilled workforce, joining skills to future business needs.

-Local system for local needs…

To ensure our education and training provision meets the needs of local residents and businesses, by partners working together to create an education and skills system that provides local solutions to local challenges.

-Access to employment and skills for all...

Provide an inclusive jobs market for residents to find and sustain well paid employment, by ensuring access to learning is available for all levels and to all ages with increased participation from hard to reach and disadvantaged communities.

-Lifelong Careers and Progression...

Promote all-age career and progression opportunities, enabling an ethos of quality which underpins the provision of continuous lifelong learning opportunities for all residents within the Wakefield District.

Check out the full strategy here.

For more information contact: kloftus@wakefield.gov.uk