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 are able to access the right people with the skills they need.

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 21st century economy, the Greater Cambridge Partnership hopes to create fresh job opportunities and meet the current skills shortage faced by businesses in the area.

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

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The Greater Cambridge Partnership will bring together business and education providers to inspire and develop our future workforce, to help 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; a success that continues through the attraction of international companies and development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, West Cambridge site and the Cambridge Science Park.

Today, Cambridge is Europe's largest technology cluster. Around 57,000 people are employed by the more than 1,500 technology-based firms in the area, which have combined annual revenue of over £13 billion.

The Greater Cambridge economy therefore has a particular need for skills in these areas - professional science, bio-medical, clean-tech, technology, and advanced manufacturing. Often referred to as the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – these skills are in high demand.

Not only do STEM skills open doors to numerous fields of work and pay more than the average career, areas with more high 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 cutting edge areas by offering them the training, skills and encouragement necessary to succeed; helping every young person in the greater Cambridge area move from education into a rewarding and successful career.

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

  • create an additional 420 Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships across Greater Cambridge by 2019
  • 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
  • work with the National Careers Service to ensure young people in Greater Cambridge have access to the very latest information about the local jobs market, helping them to make informed career choices
  • 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 from primary school through 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.

Schools and businesses are brought together so students can learn about opportunities in the region and develop the skills to be successful.

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Signpost 2 skills

Funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and delivered by social enterprise 'Form the Future', Signpost 2 Skills aims to raise aspirations and help young people develop the skills they need for a successful working life in a modern economy.

The focus is increasing careers awareness and work readiness, and driving uptake of apprenticeships in STEM skill work areas.

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