Pathway Group venture into West Yorkshire, launch their…

Pathway Group venture into West Yorkshire, launch their newest Pathway Skillzone Training Centre

Founded by a group of likeminded social entrepreneurs including the current CEO Safaraz Ali, the initial aim was to deliver English Language training to Refugees and Asylum Seekers working in partnership with a number of Further Education Colleges.

By 2005 Pathway had expanded rapidly across the West Midlands achieving Investors in People, ISO 9001, Matrix and DFES registration as a ‘College’.

Pathway is committed to:

  • Supporting people into sustainable and better work and ultimately building careers
  • Delivering a range of skills and training support programmes while connecting under-represented talent to employers
  • Supporting workplaces that promote diversity.

Today Pathway is working across multiple regions including: Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, Black Country LEP, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, D2N2 LEP, Leicester and Leicestershire LEP, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP. Worcestershire LEP, Solent LEP, Oxfordshire LEP, SEM LEP, Greater London, Greater Manchester LEP and of course now West Yorkshire Combined Authority

The BAME Apprenticeship Awards – Safaraz founded the awards in May 2016, with the first event held in November 2016. Safaraz realised that British Asians made up only 4.1% of apprentice starts and were severely under-represented. The awards aimed to recognise and celebrate the talent and diversity amongst apprentices from the British Asian community and showcase their achievements.

Pathway Skillzone Bradford

At the forefront working with communities to upskill or reskill people, focusing on supporting people to get sustainable and better work and ultimately building careers. We deliver a comprehensive range of skills and training support programmes on behalf of the local and central government, such as apprenticeships and traineeships.

We’re on a mission to prepare and connect underrepresented talent to employers and support workplaces that promote diversity.

Pathway Group has an ethos of partnership work and open networking and are interested to hear from employers, other training providers and employment support organisations as well as funding bodies directly. Everything starts with a conversation, let’s talk:

Key delivery specialities for West Riding House:

A Unique Introductory Program into Health & Social Care.

Including a taster course, entry level qualifications, CV Writing, Interview Preparation and DBS Certification. We also work with Employers and Care Recruitment Agencies to help learners get a placement.

Digital Skills Training

From entry level basic skills, through to more advanced uses for working life, competency in technology is now crucial in today’s world. We can accommodate entry level up to level 2 to open more career doors.

Functional Skills – English & Maths

Functional Skills are widely accepted as an alternative qualification to GCSEs. English & Maths are mandatory for enrolment into College or University and are also the minimum requirement for entry into Traineeships or Apprenticeships.

Open Day Event Friday 2nd September 11-3


  • Pathway Group
  • Safaraz Ali (CEO)
  • Sajad Ali (COO)
  • Alan Hill (Chair)
  • Wendy Daire (Delivery Manager West Yorkshire)
  • West Riding House Tutor Team
  • Honoured Guests
  • Lord Mayor 2022-2023: Councillor Martin Love

Martin is one of the longest-serving Councillors in the district.  He was first elected as a Shipley ward Councillor for the Green Party in 2002 and has served on numerous committees during that time, including chairing the Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee for several years.

Martin lives in Shipley with his wife Helen and one of their sons. A Roman Catholic, he worships at St Walburga’s in Shipley and in his spare time is a keen runner (road, cross-country and fell), along with Helen and they are both members of the Saltaire Striders Athletics Club.  He is also interested in cycling and continues to serve a life sentence as a Bradford City supporter. 

Martin holds environmental causes close to his heart and is a trustee of the Salt Foundation and the Sir Titus Salt Charity. He has holidayed across Europe, Australia, South East Asia, the USA, Mexico and Canada.

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author and Poet. He is also the Founder of AFRICA4U ASSOCIATION.

Born in London (originally from Nigeria Tony was on the Nomination list in 2022 for Positive Role Model (Race, Faith and Religion) at The National Diversity Awards 2022 in association with ITV NEWS

In May 2017, Tony was named “An Ambassador for Peace” for The Universal Peace Federation and in July 2018, Tony was inducted into The Nigerian Diaspora Global Hall of Fame as one of the most productive Nigerians in the Diaspora

Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament every year since 2013.

To register for the event for free please click on the following QR code: