A cohesive employability service for Fife that helps more people into jobs.
Workforce & Skills
Fife's labour force exceeds 220,000 people and the region is within an hour's drive of 1 million workers. The Fife workforce is a highly-skilled, educated and adaptable resource, capable of coping with the changing demands of the global market.
Businesses based in Fife compete on the world stage, especially in finding innovative solutions to meet the renewable energy challenge.
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Fife’s talent pool is continually growing due to the number being educated in the region and staying on after college and university.
The University of St Andrews has a consistent top-ten entry in the UK university league tables and also takes 20th place in the world for Arts and Humanities. The university is first choice for students from all around the world.
There are three excellent colleges located in Fife, which enjoy close links with industry. They provide vocational and skills-based training and education including modern apprenticeships.
There are also 8 universities within an hour's drive of central Fife.
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Within Fife there are a number of initiatives designed to help people into work and to equip those working with more skills. These practical training programmes are creating an ambitious workforce which is a real competitive advantage for Fife. Opportunities Fife work to tackle skills gaps and unemployment in Fife. More information can be found on the Opportunities Fife website.
As Fife retains its manufacturing excellence and expands towards a knowledge-based economy, there is an increasing trend to retrain and transfer competencies, which is resulting in a workforce with an attractive blend of hard and soft skills.