Skilled Workforce

Whether you are looking to tap into one of the country’s fastest growing talent pools or seeking new career opportunities, we can help you.

Home to global brands Heinz, Aga, Stadco, BAE Systems as well as strong supply chains across the UK and beyond Telford has the right skills mix for a range of industries. With a major cluster of IT companies, Telford has the highest proportion of high technology workers of anywhere outside of London and the South East – with twice the UK average. Telford is a young and dynamic place with an available workforce that is increasing year on year as more families move into the town to take advantage of its education and lifestyle advantages.

Telford is a hotbed of industry with strengths in advanced manufacturing, new technologies and business services.

There is a strong base of automotive and aerospace manufacturers in the area such as Stadco, GKN, Johnson Controls, Denso and Mahle based here, and Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Moog, Meggitt and UTC Aerospace Systems close by. BAE Systems, has based its UK Centre of Excellence for Combat Vehicles in Telford.

Known as ‘Polymer Valley’, Telford has the UK’s largest concentration of plastics and polymers companies that are integral to the automotive and aerospace supply-chains across the Midlands.

Electronics and communications skills are available thanks to major presence of global players such as Xerox, with their world-class data centre and cloud computing hub.

New technologies such as augmented reality and 3D printing applications are being developed in Telford, at firms like NEC which has its European Technical Centre here.

Many international firms have chosen Telford for their back-office functions, with customer support and technical services teams located in the town.

The demographic profile of the working population within Telford and Wrekin and its catchment area demonstrates its capability of supporting current and future businesses within the Borough.

Over 615,000 people live within a 30 minute peak time Journey to Work Area that serves Telford with 391,190 of those being of working age (OWA). Both the catchment's overall population and the number of those of working age have grown since 2001, by slightly above that of the region. Further growth is predicted to see Telford's population rise to 200,000 by 2022.

Private service sector companies employ 44.9%, the largest proportion of the catchment's residents. Of this manufacturing accounts for 14.4%, the majority being in high value machine manufacturing and engineering. There is also a strong profile in metals and metal products, rubber, plastics and polymer related activities. Telford also has the reputation for having the largest proportion of Technical workers outside the South of England.

Occupationally,Telford has a strong profile for those at director, senior manager and senior officials level. Science, research engineering and technology related occupations feature significantly for the area's professional and semi-professional posts. Skilled trade occupations account for well above the national average.

Our Newsroom features many local companies from a range of industries who are benefiting from being located in the fastest growing town in the Midlands - Telford.

There is a strong base for education and training throughout the Borough and across the catchment area. Schools attainment outperforms the national average when considering pupils gaining 5 or more GCSEs graded A* to C and average GCSE point scores.

Employers draw on graduates from the area's nine universities with close to 133,000 students enrolled in 2012. Over 44,400 people graduated in 2012 with 30% of these at postgraduate level.

There is a very strong emphasis on engineering, technology and science subjects which all have enrolments above the national rates.

Businesses that choose Telford can benefit from free business support that can help them to access advice on guidance around training and recruitment of their workforce.