Thursday, 18 September 2014

Education partnership set for success after claiming two global awards

Leeds City Council’s Education Business Partnership (EBP) has secured two Global Best Awards for its work with the city’s young people.

The awards, held in Brussels on 10-12 September saw the EBP named the best in Europe in the category of Partnerships Which Build Learning Communities and also the overall thematic winner from across the five continents in this category.

The awards are in recognition of the ‘Set for Success’ programme delivered by the Education Business Partnership as part of the Devolved Youth Contract in Leeds.

The Awards are part of the International Partnership Network (IPN) which recognises the work of education business partnership organisations world-wide.

As part of the council’s employment and skills service, the partnership developed an innovative new scheme called ‘Set for Success’, building on the successful Youth Contract which is run in partnership with Igen Connexions service.

Working with young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), 'Set for Success’ organises a series of sessions aimed at getting them ready for interviews and jobs.

Focussing on building confidence and helping to make young people aware of all the skills they already have, the programme also organises visits to businesses so teenagers taking part can learn about life in the workplace.

Mock interviews with employers and work placements also form a key part of the project.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“The Education Business Partnership has done an excellent job in securing these two awards.

“The feedback we’ve had from everyone involved with the ‘Set for Success’ programme has been extremely positive, and we look forward to continuing with this success. Already the partnership has worked with over 9000 children and young people to get them engaged in high quality employability and mentoring programmes and supported over 900 businesses along with helping over 300 teachers involved in professional development opportunities.

“Getting into jobs can be a daunting prospect for any young person and is even more of a challenge for those who may not feel they have the skills or qualifications they need to find work – this programme is vital in helping give young people support and guidance and also in turn provide a huge confidence boost as they move forward with their careers.”

For further information contact
Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Tel: 0113 247 4450

Barking up the right tree

Housing Leeds has been awarded the RSCPA’s Bronze Community Animal Welfare Footprint for the 6th successive year.

The CAWF award celebrates and promotes housing providers that demonstrate good practice in animal welfare and recognises the council’s clear and positive pets policy along with useful information for tenants, clear enforcement, good partnership working, innovative education work, and more!

Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel, said:

“I’m delighted we have received the Bronze Award in recognition of the council’s approach to responsible pet ownership and strong partnership working with animal welfare charities including Cats Protection, Dogs Trust, Camp Nibble and the RSPCA.

“We’ve made great progress but recognise more needs to be done. I look forward to continuing working together towards the Gold Award in 2015.”

Lenny Rolles, the RSPCA’s Senior Parliamentary Advisor for Local Government, said:

“The RSPCA is encouraged by the positive steps that are being taken by Leeds City Council to improve the welfare of animals in their properties. The current Bronze Housing Footprint recently awarded, recognises the hard work of everyone in the housing team at the local authority. I am also delighted that the team are aiming for a gold award in future years.”

Notes for editors:

More details about the council’s pet policies is available at:

Media contact:

Phil Morcom

Communications and Marketing team
Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3602
Fax: 0113 247 4736

Book your seat for the next world class sporting event coming to Leeds

Caption: Leeds gets ready for hosting Rugby World Cup 2015.

Tickets for all 48 games for Rugby World Cup 2015 are now on sale.

Leeds is hosting two games at Elland Road as part of a weekend of Rugby on 26/27 September 2015.

Italy will be playing against Canada on Saturday September 26 at 2:30pm and Scotland will be playing the USA on Sunday September 27 at 2:30pm at Elland Road, one of 13 match venues at Rugby World Cup 2015.

Tickets to the two Leeds games will be available from just £20 for adults and £15 for children, and a family ticket (two adults and two children) will start from just £70.

Tickets went on general sale on Friday (12/9) at and people have until 6pm on 29 September 2014 to apply. During this time people will be able to apply for the matches and the number of tickets that they would like to purchase. The process will not work on a first come, first served basis, so people can submit their applications throughout the whole window. Matches that are oversubscribed will be balloted to ensure the fairest possible allocation of tickets.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“It is really exciting to know that all tickets for this fantastic tournament are on sale, but I would encourage people to ensure they register during the ballot period to ensure they get tickets to this great event.

“We have two fantastic games happening in Leeds, with affordable tickets prices, which will no doubt allow for an excellent weekend of rugby.

“I can’t wait to see a packed out Elland Road with fans from all four nations and elsewhere cheering the teams on.

“Having hosted the Tour De France Grand D├ępart less than a few months ago, Leeds is now preparing to host its next world class event and bring the city to life once again next September 2015.”

Debbie Jevans, chief executive of England Rugby 2015, said:

"This is an exciting moment as up to one million tickets are on sale for Rugby World Cup 2015. As we approach a year to go, it's the moment that rugby fans all around the world have been waiting for.

"We have worked hard to develop a ticketing system which makes the application process easy and efficient as possible, and offers flexibility to fans. Fans have 17 days to apply, so there is no rush and they should take time to consider what they would like to purchase.

"With prices starting at £15 for adults and £7 for children, it's a fantastic opportunity to watch the world's best teams play in some of the best venues in England and Cardiff.”

To register and apply for tickets visit

For further information contact
Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Mob: 0113 247 4450