Huntingdonshire is set for exciting growth over the coming years and to capitalise on this opportunity it is imperative that a robust and skilled workforce is in place both now and going forward.
Businesses locating to Huntingdonshire benefit from a highly skilled local population with a high proportion within management positions. Within an hour’s drive of Huntingdonshire, is a workforce of 1 million people with a skills level 20% above the national average. Within 2 hour’s drive there are 36,000 engineering students coming out of further education establishments.
With 25 Centres of Excellence including world class institutions such as Cambridge and Cranfield located nearby, close collaboration between industry and academia is a key theme within the East of England region, and contributes to a thriving business sector.
The constant need for the development of local skills has seen a public / private sector initiative that by 2017 will have established iMET - a £10.5 million new training facility delivering advanced technical skills in manufacturing, engineering and technology on the Alconbury Weald Enterprise Zone Campus. With a dedicated focus on engineering, technical and leadership expertise, the Centre will produce higher level technical skills to support the region’s ever growing engineering and manufacturing activities.
All incoming and existing companies also benefit from the recent establishment of EDGE – a private/public partnership initiative offering access to a targeted recruitment, training and development brokerage service. Responding directly to the needs of local businesses, the service looks to attract, develop and retain those skills that can support the region’s sustainable growth.
This constant access to skills and knowledge will continue to ensure the region offers a competitive and proactive location