Thanks to a diverse economy, the town also has a highly-skilled workforce but we are not resting on our laurels.
In order to attract new investment we need to make sure people have the right skills. We and our partners have identified where resources need to be targeted to complement the already impressive offer.
Our ongoing work with local businesses, potential investors, educational establishments and other stakeholders will ensure that Northampton can meet recruitment and staffing needs.
The ethos behind Northampton’s education system is to mould a new workforce that meets the town’s marketplace demands. Having the right skills available is crucial to our economic growth and ability to retain and attract employers.
We are entering an exciting period for education in Northampton, thanks to significant recent investment in educational establishments, including the £80million redevelopment of Northampton College.
In addition to the town’s strong offer, Northamptonshire has been selected to host two flagship university technical colleges – at Daventry and Silverstone.
These will integrate national curriculum requirements with technical and vocational elements, producing the next generation of technically-skilled employees in environmental sustainability, sustainable construction, high performance engineering and motorsport.
The University of Northampton is one of the newest in the UK, and is in England’s top three for employability1.
This demonstrates that its offer is directly relevant to today’s jobs market, but the university has plans to invest more with a new £330 million campus in the enterprise zone.
With extensive support for apprenticeships in all sectors, Northampton has the scope to provide staff at every level and for every need.
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1 HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2011/12.