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Skills, Training and Recruitment

Huntingdonshire is set for exciting growth over the coming years and to capitalise on this opportunity it is imperative that a robust and skilled workforce is in place both now and going forward

Businesses locating to Huntingdonshire benefit from a highly skilled local population with a high proportion within management positions. Within an hour’s drive of Huntingdonshire, is a workforce of 1 million people with a skills level 20% above the national average. Within 2 hour’s drive there are 36,000 engineering students coming out of further education establishments.

With 25 Centres of Excellence including world class institutions such as Cambridge and Cranfield located nearby, close collaboration between industry and academia is a key theme within the East of England region, and contributes to a thriving business sector.

The constant need for the development of local skills has seen a public / private sector initiative that by 2017 will have established iMET - a £10.5 million new training facility delivering advanced technical skills in manufacturing, engineering and technology  on the Alconbury Weald Enterprise Zone Campus. With a dedicated focus on engineering, technical and leadership expertise, the Centre will produce higher level technical skills to support the region’s ever growing engineering and manufacturing activities.

All incoming and existing companies also benefit from the recent establishment of EDGE – a private/public partnership initiative offering access to a targeted recruitment, training and development brokerage service. Responding directly to the needs of local businesses, the service looks to attract, develop and retain those skills that can support the region’s sustainable growth.

This constant access to skills and knowledge will continue to ensure the region offers a competitive and proactive location.

As well as EDGE, staff employment and training support is available through The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Growth Hub where they will firstly offer assistance by drafting an employee development plan so that a discussion can take place to cover what results you want from their staff training, and focus on exactly what type of course(s) will be the most beneficial to you. Once a programme is agreed, you can start research to find the most appropriate courses. There are a good number of schemes and organisations that can help.

Training is also offered by the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, in the form of International Trade Courses, Online Health & Safety Training and other sector specific workshops which can be identified on their events pageThe International Trade Skills Training Programme has been produced to go alongside the government’s ‘Get Britain Exporting’ agenda and focuses on improving the skills and knowledge of employees who complete export documentation within their role. Furthermore, the Chamber offers a range of Health & Safety training courses, from health & safety inductions and manual handling to more specialised courses designed for hospitals, care homes, education providers and retailers.