4 universities

and home to over 65,000 students

21 major colleges

and several centres of academic excellence

Over 942,000

residents of working age are employed

Where talent and innovation come together


At the heart of every successful business are great people. Those that are determined, talented and ambitious; something Hampshire’s workforce has in abundance.

We have an evolving talent pipeline that responds to the needs of businesses thanks to our excellent schools, colleges and universities and education and business partnerships.

The county has a workforce of over 700,000, more than two out of five people of working age have a degree or equivalent level qualification.


A world leading academic offer

Hampshire is home to some of the country’s most prestigious and active universities whose research programmes lie at the heart of some of the UK’s most valuable industry sectors.

Hampshire offers businesses direct access to some of the world’s best academic resources and a pipeline of new talent. Our universities and colleges work with business to help shape their future needs and keep the economy thriving.

University of Southampton

Within the global top 100 Universities, the University of Southampton is a research-intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group. They have courses from over 65 subject areas which are informed by the latest research and taught by world-renowned academics.

Solent University

Solent University is a dynamic modern university, focused on creating opportunities for its students, as well as establishing partnerships to develop innovative projects. They are focused on the practical side of higher education – giving students the connections, experience and confidence to turn their newfound knowledge into a career with real, meaningful impact.

University of Portsmouth

Ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK and with an 88% student satisfaction rate, the University of Portsmouth stands out, not just in the UK but in the world, in innovation and research.  Opened in 1908, the University of Portsmouth generates knowledge and provides real solutions to important questions about the future, i.e. public health, global security, sustainability and environment, future and emerging technologies.

University of Winchester

Established in 1840 by the Church of England, this century-old university boasts great history and success. With a growing reputation for research excellence and 82% of submitted research recognised internationally, the University of Winchester tackles global challenges.



Hampshire has an excellent mix of academies, private and state schools providing top-quality education to its pupils. Our schools are amongst the top performing schools in the UK.

Hampshire has invested more than £200m into six new schools and has one of the largest education investment programmes in the South East.



Hampshire has an impressive portfolio of skills programmes and initiatives to support our key sectors and reflect our collaborative approach with public, private and academic organisations to address current and future skills needs.

Facilities such as the Andover Technology and Skills Centre and the Whitehill and Bordon Future Skills Centre are a great example of partnerships to address skills.




Talent Stories

Key contact:

Michelle Morley
Business Growth Manager
07724 618 392