Cardiff is the economic driver for a city-region of 1.4 million people, with a pool of 14 million people within a two-hour drivetime. It has one of the best student retention rates in the UK, reflecting the city’s high quality employment offer and outstanding quality of life.
Located on the M4 corridor, and within easy reach of London, Cardiff attracts a highly skilled workforce at favourable costs compared to London and its immediate surroundings. Excellent local transport links enable over a third of Cardiff’s labour pool to travel into the city each day from neighbouring cities and towns.
A cosmopolitan city, its large student population and strong cultural heritage brings a unique blend of vibrancy and diversity that inspires creativity. Technology and knowledge intensive industries now employ around 47,500 people in the city supported by the world-class research at the city-regions universities.
The available labour pool is highly skilled and has a skill rating that is above the national average with 40% of Cardiff’s workforce qualified to degree or degree level equivalent.
Productivity is a key factor – the total economic output of Cardiff per job filled is above the UK average and loyalty also ranks highly.
Training support is excellently supported by the Welsh Government who has a network of qualified and quality-audited training advisors who offer a free diagnostic service and free training advice. A company can quality for further assistance on their advice.
The take-up of modern apprenticeships in Wales is double that in England and in support of this the Welsh Government offers a number of initiatives to encourage employers to recruit more apprentices. One of the most popular is the Young Recruits Programme. This is an all Wales programme that provides funding to employers offering high quality apprenticeship programmes who recruit and train additional young apprentices (16-24 yrs old).
Find out more about working in Cardiff here.