Workforce and skills

Science Vale has a highly skilled workforce. More than 35 per cent of the working age population in Science Vale are educated to degree level and above.

The area is located less than 15 miles from the University of Oxford, which is home to 38 colleges and Oxford University – one of the leading universities in the world. Oxfordshire is home to a highly skilled workforce with an above average number of graduates.

Skills for a region of innovators

The professional, scientific and technical sectors are the largest employers in Science Vale. A string of purpose-built primary and secondary schools are nurturing the next wave of scientists and engineers.

The Europa School offers the European Baccalaureate, a bilingual secondary diploma of a high level.

Specialising in science and engineering, students at UTC Oxfordshire in Didcot are developing the skills, knowledge and experience that the world’s leading employers are looking for. Students here work closely with local science and technology companies, including the UK Atomic Energy Authority, MINI Plant Oxford and RM Education.

Situated at Culham Science Centre, the newly opened Oxfordshire Advanced Skills will produce 125 technology and engineering apprentices every year. Working with employer partners from across Oxfordshire, the Thames Valley and surrounding areas, the training facility matches students with an employer to give them a head start.


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