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Skills development is a priority for us and we work closely with local businesses on apprenticeships and work-place training.

For graduate recruitment, Keele University ( and Staffordshire University (  have more than 25,000 students in key subjects like engineering, IT, science, technology and medicine. Our colleges have seen huge investment and play a major role in providing local companies with the right skills. Another 30 universities are within an hour’s drive including world-class institutions in Manchester, Birmingham, Warwick, Nottingham, Liverpool, Sheffield and Leicester.

The LEP runs the Education, Employment and Skills Board which has a role in leading on achieving the objective for a skilled workforce in the area. The board is part of the LEP's ESF delivery programme which is due to run until 2020.