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We provide support to help your business and team grow – plus nurture Surrey’s future workforce via low-cost training programmes and Surrey Careers Hub.

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Nurturing talent

Surrey has a long-standing reputation for nurturing world-class talent, which contributes to a successful regional economy which contributes £50 billion a year to the UK economy.

The county is proud of its highly skilled workforce, which is expertly nurtured by prestigious educational and research institutions, including three prominent universities and national research agencies.

The University for the Creative Arts

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is known for its focus on creativity, technology and business, fostering a culture of artistic innovation.

Royal Holloway University of London

Royal Holloway University of London significantly contributes with its strong research in sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

The University of Surrey and the Surrey Research Park

The University of Surrey and the Surrey Research Park that it owns and operates are a powerhouse of technological and scientific advancement, driving forward new technologies and business ideas.

These institutions enrich the local economy and help attract international talent and investment.

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A thriving economy with No One Left Behind

In addition to Surrey’s high-quality educational establishments, Surrey County Council’s mission of ‘No One Left Behind’ means there is a strong commitment to ensuring the population of 1.2 million have access to skills support throughout their entire working life.

It means the county has a deep pool of talented professionals ready to support your business and help it grow and thrive.

Surrey Skills Plan

The Surrey Skills Plan forms the strategic basis for delivering skills priorities in Surrey.

The plan was designed with employers and training providers to encompass the people, places, employers and educators in Surrey.

The plan envisions a dynamic, demand-led skills system that fine-tunes Surrey’s Leading Edge, recognises the needs of all businesses, and maximises inclusion whilst powering economic growth.

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Workforce support and training

Business Surrey can help you with your workforce development.

We offer support via various initiatives, such as Skills Bootcamps, to help you develop your team’s skills for the 21st Century.

We carry out skills needs analysis, to ensure Surrey has the talent to drive future growth, and facilitate links to the county’s training and further education providers.

We also provide access to Surrey Careers Hub, which nurtures tomorrow’s talent by building links between the education sector and local employers.

There are several ways employers can get involved to connect with the next generation, play an active role in increasing diversity, help shape the skills of tomorrow’s workforce, and attract job and apprenticeship applicants.

Get in touch today to see how we can help with your workforce development.

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Key stats

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Surrey residents

54% of Surrey residents are degree level qualified or higher

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45,000 people employed in creative and digital industries in Surrey

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