4 universities

and home to over 65,000 students

21 major colleges

and several centres of academic excellence

Over 900,000

residents of working age 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

With more than 68,000 students across four universities and a network of world-leading research and development centres, 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.

The University of Portsmouth and the University of Southampton are two of the country’s most prestigious universities with active research programmes that support the UK’s most valuable industry sectors including marine and maritime, life sciences and environmental sustainability.

Read more about Hampshire's universities here



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.

To find out more about the skills programmes and initiatives that can support your business visit our skills and employment page.



Talent Stories

Key contact:

Michelle Morley
Business Growth Manager
07724 618 392