To power economic growth, education in Peterborough is built around business

To power economic growth, education in Peterborough is built around business

The city’s business base ranges from 3D printing specialists and robotics manufacturers, to professional services and creative industries. With such a broad and diverse economy, investors find it easy to recruit the right staff from in and around Peterborough, and the city is well-equipped to help employers develop their workforce.

Never content to stand still, Peterborough employers invest in their staff and are highly integrated with education providers to shape curriculum, develop their talent pipeline, and engage with the future workforce to raise students’ aspirations.

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further and higher education colleges


languages spoken in Peterborough


graduates within 2 hours’ drive


Job density in Peterborough compared to 0.84 GB average


Working age population across Greater Peterborough (61% of overall population)


private knowledge intensive business services jobs

Over £10 million of additional funding is being pumped into Peterborough’s current education providers, improving provision for the future workforce.

Businesses can also get specialist training from the £10 million University Centre Peterborough which offers over 35 graduate courses, and the £12 million state-of-the-art Greater Peterborough University Technical College, a purpose built STEM and built environment specialist vocational school for students aged 13 to 19.

City College Peterborough and Peterborough College also offer a comprehensive range of adult education courses, improving the resilience of businesses by providing appropriately trained and qualified staff now and into the future.

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University of Peterborough

£30 million has been invested in ARU Peterborough, a new university which opened in 2022. The curriculum is wholly grounded in business needs and courses are delivered through a mix of on-campus lessons, in-work training and apprenticeships, and distance learning. The first three faculties include business, innovation entrepreneurship and professional services; information technology, digital and creative services; and agri-tech and environmental services.

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To find out more about what Peterborough has to offer, talk to Opportunity Peterborough