Surrey Heath offers an abundance of talent and high-profile entrepreneurs

Helping your business succeed

Surrey Heath offers an abundance of talent and high-profile entrepreneurs. Nearly 50% of our resident population, of nearly 90,000, are educated to a NVQ Level 4 or higher, helping us to achieve the second lowest claimant count in the Home Counties. With over a third of its, 60,000 strong, workforce employed in the public admin. education and health sector and a strong manufacturing heritage, you can ensure a large and highly skilled talent pool to help your business succeed.

Surrey Heath Population

of workers in managerial or professional roles

NVQ Level 4+ Educated

A Council Vision

The Economic Development Team at Surrey Heath Borough Council look to facilitate closer partnerships between the private sector and support providers to increase economic participation and promote demand led skills development. We strive to connect those most in need of jobs and support businesses to create additional jobs and apprenticeships to reinforce their growth potential..

Education Connections

Surrey Heath is ideally situated for connections to the University of Surrey and Royal Holloway College of London both of which provide a wealth of graduates across key growth sectors each year. The borough is also a stones throw from both the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and Farnborough College of Technology, creating a strong graduate base.

Many of our educational facilities are eager to work with employers to tailor bespoke courses that suit the needs of individual companies and provide students with a dynamic and long-term career.

Surrey Heath is also home to a great many 'Outstanding' rated schools ensuring the highest quality education for the next generation.

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Farnborough College of Technology

The University of Surrey

Apprenticeships and KTP's


Many different work sectors are now discovering the benefits of apprenticeships, as they look to develop people in a way that promotes the specific skills required by their business and industry.

A recent study found that, on average, each apprentice brings improvements and gains in productivity of more than £10,000 per year for their employer. As well as boosting productivity, apprenticeships can also help companies to compete in the modern marketplace. In industry research, 77 per cent of employers agreed that taking on apprentices helped to make their organisations more competitive.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme was established to help businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking a company with a university and a recent graduate, called a KTP Associate. The programme has been running for 45 years and is one of the most successful business support schemes in Europe.

Participating in a KTP can help your business identify, adopt and incorporate new skills and the latest academic thinking whilst delivering a specific, strategic, innovative and often multi-disciplinary project. A project can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on the business’ needs and objectives of the KTP.

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