Skills Hub heads to Holme Wood in Bradford


A new adult education centre designed to help local residents upskill and improve their employment credentials in 2023 and beyond has opened in Bradford.

Improving skills in Bradford

The Skills Hub is based at The Holme Centre at Holme United Reformed Church on Madison Avenue in Holme Wood.

A vast range of courses will be delivered from the centre which will feature two classrooms and will be staffed for local people to call in for advice throughout the week.

The hub has been launched by leading UK training provider Realise and made possible through the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin and West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £64 million devolved budget to help adults in some of the most disadvantaged areas of West Yorkshire to access the training they need to get a job and further their career.

Support from Tracy Brabin

Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin said:

“I’m delighted to support the new Skills Hub with funding from our adult education budget – made possible through devolution.

“The courses on offer will equip new learners with the confidence, skills and qualifications needed to secure a job they love.

“I wish them all great success!”

Short courses with long-term benefits

The courses delivered will include English and maths functional skills, digital skills, hair, adult social care and a specifically designed programme to attract new recruits for West Yorkshire Police’s contact centres.

Dan Goodall, Adult Education Budget Operations Manager for Realise, said: “We want to support the people of Bradford and the surrounding areas to gain new skills which will help them either out of unemployment and into a job or out of low paid work and into sustainable, long-term employment.

“The new skills hub will provide a focal point for the work we are doing in the region, whether that be people completing the courses to gain new qualifications or simply wanting to find out more information.

“We are confident our courses will not only help the long-term prospects of individuals taking them but also fit in with the requirements of the local economy and labour market.

“We look forward to meeting, and engaging with, the local community as our courses begin.”

Funded qualifications

The Skills Hub will enable adults over the age of 19 to complete nationally recognised Level One and Level Two qualifications, with many individuals entitled to receive the training free of charge.

In the last 18 months, Realise has helped more than 1,800 learners through Adult Education Budget programmes, many of whom live in West Yorkshire.

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