Stirling has one of the most talented and highly skilled workforces in Scotland.
The percentage of Stirling’s residents with qualifications at SVQ level 3 or above is well above the national average and over one third of Stirling’s working age residents have HND/degree level qualifications. Further, the area has the highest percentage of employees who are managers, directors and senior officials in Scotland.
This talent base, the area's quality of life and its environment are key attractions for employers and their employees. Our large student population also provides a vital rich supply of skilled labour, boosting the area's working age population and knowledge economy.
Stirling’s unrivalled location at the heart of Scotland, and equidistant between Edinburgh and Glasgow, places a vast potential workforce within easy commuting distance. The city’s key position on Scotland’s trunk road network provides access to more than half of the Scottish population within an hour’s drive, and over 80% within 2 hours. In addition to this superb road access, Stirling is a key interchange on Scotland’s rail network and allows quick and efficient rail travel across Scotland and beyond, including a new direct rail link to London.
The locally available talent and skills combine with a huge travel to work catchment to ensure easy access to all the skills, diversity and flexibility that you could possibly need.
Scotland enjoys a world class reputation for its first-class education system and highly qualified graduates and school leavers. Across the central belt alone, there are almost 300,000 students in higher education institutions and further education colleges, one of the highest student concentrations in the UK.
Scotland’s universities enjoy international renown for the quality of their research and graduates and access to this university network is consistently cites as one of the chief reason for investing in Scotland. 10 of Scotland’s 15 Universities are accessible within an hour’s drive of Stirling.
Locally, the University of Stirling has over 9,450 undergraduate and over 3,390 postgraduate students currently enrolled. Stirling’s graduates are in high demand by employers, with the University being 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for graduate employability, representing almost 97% of graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA 2016). The University also has a large international student base, with 120 nationalities represented on the UK's No.1 environmental campus (International Student Barometer 2016). Home to Scotlands Institute of Sport and a number of Olympians, the University of Stirling is 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for sports facilities (International Student Barometer 2016) See the stats...
Also in Stirling you will find the main campus of Forth Valley College. The new £29 million campus was opened in 2012 and has stunning views across to the Ochil Hills, Wallace Monument and Stirling city skyline. The college has almost 20,000 students currently enrolled across all of its learning programmes and has a superb record and reputation for industry engagement. The most recent figures show that 94% of the students successfully progressed to employment, training or further study on completion of their course.
“The University of Stirling enjoys a close working relationship with many businesses in the area and sees first-hand the innovative approach taken, and output generated, by these organisations. Being research-intensive, the University is delighted to be able to contribute to that innovative approach through opportunities to work with our business partners, whether it’s through a piece of contract research work to test a business hypothesis, placement of interns or access to highly employable graduates. Stirling means business and so does its University.”
Dr John Rogers • Director of Research & Enterprise, University of Stirling
"We are recognised throughout the UK and beyond for our innovative, creative approach to learning and teaching. This equips our students with the skills and experience they need to develop their careers and they can be proud to say they have studied at Forth Valley College.”
Dr Ken Thomson, Principal • Principal, Forth Vally College