Skilled and educated workforce
With its roots in the textile industry and a strong manufacturing presence in the area, it's not surprising that Huddersfield boasts a highly skilled workforce.
While certain traditional skills have been retained, others have been updated to undertake the technologically advanced tasks now in demand. Our comparatively young population is also well educated and qualification levels outstrip any other town in West Yorkshire. In addition to the award-winning University of Huddersfield, another six universities are within an hours drive.
Demand for the areas highly skilled and educated workforce is high. Each day around 50,000 people commute from Huddersfield to work in neighbouring cities. It is an attractive labour pool that start-up or businesses relocating to the area can take full advantage of.
Skills: facts and figures
- At 77.5%, the proportion of the working age population that is economically active is higher than the national average
- Nearly 55,000 people of working age live within a 30 minute commute
- Within a 60-minute drive-time of Huddersfield, there are 3.2million people of working age
- 31% of the working population are educated to NVQ Level 4 or above
- The University of Huddersfield has over 24,000 students from over 120 countries
These are some of the reasons why big name firms such as engineers David Brown and pharmaceutical giant Thornton & Ross are based here. Read their stories to find out more about why they chose Huddersfield as the place to make it.
Both the University of Huddersfield and Kirklees College have dedicated business engagement departments, in order to work with businesses on delivering a range of courses and professional development opportunities.