Inspiring and developing our future workforce so that businesses can grow. 

The Greater Cambridge Partnership aims to help businesses invest and grow. In order to do this it is vital they can access a workforce with the right skills.

Young people also need to be able to benefit from the opportunities growth in Greater Cambridge provides.

By helping young people secure the skills they need to succeed in the Greater Cambridge economy, the Greater Cambridge Partnership hopes to create job opportunities. This will also help to meet the current skills shortage faced by businesses in Greater Cambridge.

Inspiring and developing our future workforce, so that businesses can grow

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The Greater Cambridge Partnership brings together business and education providers to inspire and develop our future workforce. Through helping them secure the skills they need to succeed in the local economy and give businesses the opportunity to grow.


Cambridge has seen huge success as a world leader in the science, research and bio-tech environments. This success is continuing through the attraction of international companies and development of the numerous science parks and campuses.

Today, Cambridge is Europe's largest technology cluster. Around 61,000 people are employed by the more than 5,000 knowledge intensive firms in the area. These firms have combined annual revenue of over £15.5 billion.

The Greater Cambridge economy therefore has a need for skills in these areas. Areas such as professional science, bio-medical, clean-tech, technology and advanced manufacturing. Often referred to as the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

Not only do STEM skills open doors to numerous fields of work and pay more than average, areas with higher level STEM skills are also more likely to have experienced recent economic growth.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership would like to encourage more young people to take up the opportunities of working in these areas. We are doing this through offering them the training and skills necessary to succeed; helping every person in the greater Cambridge area move into a rewarding and successful career.

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Working with partners across education, training and business, it will:

  • Create an additional 420 apprenticeships across Greater Cambridge;
  • Support employers to increase training and to bring business, training providers and the local community together to develop training that meets employers’ needs and supports growth;
  • Encourage local schools to support and educate students on the benefits of apprenticeships and help them to choose their path for the future; and
  • Forge stronger links between businesses and the education sector to encourage a greater uptake of training and apprenticeships

Form the future 

Funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, Form the Future works with students of all ages. This ranges from primary school through to sixth forms and full-time education to open their eyes to a wide range of possibilities in the region and to help them think more widely about future career options and pathways.

Through the Greater Cambridge Apprenticeship programme, schools and businesses are brought together. This allows students to learn about opportunities in the region and develop the skills to be successful. Find out more about this on the Form the Future website -

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