BIDs team up to launch free skills courses for lockdown-hit businesses

The Bradford district’s three BIDs have joined forces for the first time to launch a unique scheme to help businesses and their staff get ready to bounce back from the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Business Improvement Districts in Bradford city centre, Ilkley and Keighley have teamed up with Virtual College to offer levy-payers a range of free and discounted online courses to help owners and staff learn new skills to boost their businesses.

Ilkley-based Virtual College, a world-leading e-learning provider, was launched in 1995 to use new technology to enhance traditional approaches to training. It pioneered use of the internet to deliver training at a time, place and pace to suite the learner and now has more than 145 employees who have delivered courses to more than four million learners in 70 countries.

Bradford BID manager Jonny Noble said: “Bradford’s district BIDs are in constant contact and liaise with each other all the time to share best practice and swap ideas to benefit our levy-payers.