UK talent and labour

From culture, sport and entertainment to food, design and technology, the impact of our talent and entrepreneurial spirit is felt in every corner of the globe.

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Access to skills and talent development

Skills are central to economic growth in the UK. Its workforce is more qualified than any major economy in Europe and ranks in the top 10 globally.

The UK’s globally recognised higher education system, featuring 4 of the world’s top 10 universities, targeted further education system and business focussed apprenticeship offer creates a large, highly skilled and diverse workforce for businesses to access.

The government announced an additional £3.8 billion of investment over this Parliament to develop a skills system that is high quality and responsive to employer needs.

Navigating the UK skills offer

UK skills programmes are delegated to the 4 devolved nations. Below you can find information about resources available in England to help you access skills programmes, develop existing talent and plan for future workforce needs to support the growth of your business.

Apprenticeship training and development programme

Our flagship apprenticeship programme offers a range of apprenticeships from intermediate to degree level qualifications and training.

Training and upskilling schemes for business

There are a range of government supported skills programmes available for employers looking to hire new or upskill existing employees.

Institutes of Technology (IoT)

Institutes of Technology (IoTs) are a network of experienced education providers and leading industry employers, working in partnerships to deliver world-class technical training.

Local skills improvement plans (LSIPs)

Local skills improvement plans (LSIPs) provide information on regional skills plans and sector priorities across 38 areas in England.

Investment zones

Twelve UK investment zones providing a range of support services to business linked to priority sectors including Green Industries, Digital Technologies, Life Sciences, Creative Industries and Advanced Manufacturing.

Joining up skills and inward investment to attract FDI in the Southwest

A case study demonstrating a unique partnership between Bridgwater and Taunton College and EDF Energy to deliver the workforce for a new nuclear power station, creating a sustainable legacy of skills training for nuclear. Download the socio-economic impact report 2023 (PDF, 7.8MB)

Find the right staff for your business

The UK government Investment Support Directory provides details of companies with the skills and experience to support overseas businesses set up or expand in the UK.

External links

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