Kent has the highly skilled workforce your business needs
University of Kent
The right team is waiting for you in Kent
- Four universities with specialisms from creative arts to engineering
- Dedicated training schools and colleges for life sciences, food & drink, digital and manufacturing sectors
- Thriving professional communities
- Attractive property prices and high quality of life offer
Kent has an abundance of talent, suitable for every sector. Not only does the county attract increasing numbers of professionals due to its competitive property prices and high quality of life, but it also has a steady stream of home-grown graduates and skilled workers ready to support local businesses.
Kent has a resident population of over 1.8 million and a workforce of scientists, engineers, architects, surgeons, web gurus, design trailblazers and high-profile entrepreneurs. On average, the median salary in Kent is £4,000 lower than equivalent roles in London, making the county extremely cost-effective when it comes to finding the perfect staff for your business.
Recruitment & Training
Our Skills Advice service will identify your specific training and recruitment needs, connect you with the right organisations and help deliver the talent you need to support your continued growth. We work with a number of Kent and Medway-based recruitment companies, search and selection consultants, local authority welfare-to-work and supported employment schemes to help you find the right talent for your workforce.
We can also provide access to national recruitment and training specialist providers through our national networks and can connect you with The Kent Association of Training Organisations for work-based training and business training.
Graduate Talent Pool
We have four universities that provide a wealth of graduates across key growth sectors each year, including the University of Kent and University for the Creative Arts (UCA) which rank within the top 50 universities in the official UK league tables and provide a steady stream of talented graduates for the creative and digital sector. Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the leading institutions for teacher training, nursing and other life sciences, while the University of Greenwich’s faculties including engineering, education, architecture, computing and business.
The recently opened Kent & Medway Medical School is a new collaboration between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University and local healthcare organisations, offering first-class medical education and research and supporting the life sciences’ growth in Kent.
Many of Kent’s universities and educational facilities are also eager to work with employers to tailor bespoke courses that suit the needs of individual companies and provide students with a dynamic and long-term career. Find out more about Canterbury Christ Church University’s B2B Enterprise Services here.
We can also provide connections to a pool of highly-skilled staff and trainees through our extensive network of well-respected Further Education colleges, offering a range of 16-18 education and training, apprenticeships, higher education and adult learning programmes.
We have a clear picture of Kent’s talent pool and can help you find new staff, set up apprenticeships, plug skills gaps, access research programmes and provide work-based training to meet your business needs.