Reporter 403, 2 June 1997

Funding rewards fruitful partnership

Funding of £1.25m over 5 years has been granted to a partnership delivering community work training in disadvantaged areas across West Yorkshire. Leeds is the first university to receive funding for this type of work in the community. The University and the West Yorkshire Community Work Training Group have been granted the award by the Government Regional Office under the Single Regeneration Budget funding programme.

The project will enable the University and its partners to develop new courses in areas of regeneration across West Yorkshire and establish further partnerships with community groups, voluntary organisations, local authorities and TECs. Kevin Ward, deputy Director of the School of Continuing Education, says "this is the culmination of many years of work by the School to provide accessible and quality training to local people who are involved in community groups and organisations and particularly to the very fruitful partnership which has developed between the University and the West Yorkshire Community Work Training Group. The Government has now recognised that a co-ordinated approach should be developed across the county based on what we have been able to establish in Leeds and Bradford over recent years."

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