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Milton Keynes has just the kind of people that growing businesses are looking for.

Our home-grown talent pool is growing all of the time, thanks to excellent education opportunities and a host of skills, training and apprenticeship initiatives to support local employers.

We have the infrastructure in place to support the development of future skills to meet the needs of local employers. Milton Keynes College offers bespoke and innovative training courses and apprenticeships for local businesses, such as Red Bull Racing, NiftyLift and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Milton Keynes is working towards having its own new university, MK:U. The university, to be led by Cranfield University, will work closely with local businesses to ensure that students gain both a degree and experience relevant to the needs of the local economy.  

MK:U will complement the existing higher education offer which includes the Open University who have their headquarters in the city and the University Campus Milton Keynes part of the University of Bedfordshire. Cranfield University, with its famous Management School and world-class engineering and health faculties is just a few miles away, as is the University of Buckingham who, in addition to offering a range of degrees, are partners in the Milton Keynes University Hospital.  

A number of businesses in MK have taken advantage of the support available and there are some fantastic examples of businesses leading the way with their positive approaches to skills, apprenticeships and developing their employees.  Find out more about some of these businesses in our case studies.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office - large-scale apprenticeship recruitment

Liz Male Consulting - growing the business through investment in their employees

Knorr-Bremse RailServices - leading the way on apprenticeships

Mirus IT - addressing skills challenges through apprenticeships and workforce development

Open University - leading by example

RedEye - establishing a talent pipeline through apprenticeships

The Video News Factory - building a business for the future

Wealth and Tax Management - recruiting on attitude then teaching skills

Working Solutions Recruitment - promoting the benefits of apprenticeships

Whatever talent your business needs, MK has the solution.