Are you a graduate living in West Yorkshire? Are you still working out what to do now you’ve finished university? If so, GradSkills courses are an ideal starting point.

GradSkills courses are fully funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and aim to identify and strengthen your understanding of the job market and soft skills, such as interpersonal communication and leadership. Throughout a GradSkills course, you will be provided with the opportunity to engage with employers, network with like-minded graduates and work with a careers coach to put you in the best position to gain graduate employment in the West Yorkshire region.


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Go Higher West Yorkshire partners

Leeds Trinity University is the Lead Partner of the Go Higher West Yorkshire Partnership for the project.

All thirteen higher education institutions are involved and work in partnership in the delivery and project engagement of graduates and employers.

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Who is eligible for GradSkills courses?

Courses are open to learners who:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • are currently living in West Yorkshire
  • are unemployed, employed, or self-employed
  • have the right to legally work and reside in the UK
  • have obtained a Level 5 qualification or higher (i.e., FdSc, BA, MSc)
  • have graduated in the last 5 years and are not currently in full-time study or undertaking an apprenticeship


Jumpstart your Career

This course offers eight online modules of support aimed at elevating your current skill set and preparing you for new employment.

You can complete this two-week course remotely, which includes a personalised coaching session to begin developing a career action plan.

These valuable resources are all geared towards helping secure employment in your preferred field of interest.

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Graduate Accelerator

If structured one-to-one support and face-to-face training are what you prefer, our new Graduate Accelerator course offers you up to five one-to-one coaching sessions with an experienced coach and guidance practitioner.

Over the course of the programme, you’ll attend 3-5 hours of one-to-one coaching and six hours of training, either as a one-day event or as two three-hour sessions.

For your face-to-face training, you can choose one of three themes:

  • Working in the UK
  • Making a Difference
  • Leadership and Management
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To support our participants move into employment, we run regular employer networking events and include employers in our training days.  We are also collecting case studies from anyone who employs international graduates on Graduate or Skilled Worker visas, or graduates working on Graduate or Skilled Worker visas.

We are keen to hear from employers who are able to support us in any of the following ways:

  • Contributing to our International Graduate, Making a Difference or Leadership and Management training days
  • Providing a case study of hiring an international graduate
  • Participating in an employer networking event to help our participants
  • Promoting GradSkills training courses to their employees, applicants, customers or service users.

We can also promote vacancies and opportunities to our graduate network.

Find out more

At GradSkills, we support graduates to develop their transferable skills to progress in their careers.

If you would like to ask a question about our courses or find out how we can partner with you as an employer, then please get in touch with us at