Offering access to 7.2 million people within a one-hour drive including over 100,000 students, Greater Manchester is home to a diverse and highly skilled workforce.

Shaping the skills of tomorrow

One of Europe’s largest workforces

Manchester’s five universities produce around 36,000 high quality graduates every year, with more than 60% staying in the North West after their studies end. Its location at the heart of the northern labour market gives businesses access to one of Europe’s largest commuter workforces.

One of Europe’s largest workforces

A renewed focus

As well as existing specialisms in core industries and sectors, Atom Valley will provide a renewed focus and strengthened partnerships to address business needs through industry-informed expertise.

A renewed focus

Supported by renowned universities and a strong and collaborative skills strategy, Greater Manchester is rich in the talent and specialist skills that businesses need to thrive.

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New devolution powers

Bringing education and industry closer together

New devolution powers will also help bring education and industry closer together, placing an emphasis on academic links and vocational education. This will give local people of all ages the chance to access a diverse range of careers and job functions.

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Global business destination

Attracting skilled international talent

The city region is recognised as being a leading global business destination and is fast becoming a magnet for attracting international talent. Alongside nurturing a workforce of the future, there will be opportunities to boost skills and add to a varied, qualified and sustainable skills pool.

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People live within a one-hour drive


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High quality graduates each year