Warwick university engineers working on race car

Our manufacturing heritage, our world class universities and our R & D strengths attract and retain a highly skilled and entrepreneurial workforce. 

Our pioneering partnerships between business and education ensure we have a pipeline of apprentices and graduates to support our great businesses especially in the advanced manufacturing, digital and creative sectors.  It also fuels the impressive entrepreneurial spirit of the region where businessses spend twice the national average on R & D.

The continuous cultivation of this innovative, skilled and active labour market is an important part of our economic plan for growth across the region.

We have set ourselves a target of creating 94,500 new jobs by 2030, by focusing on three main priorities: using skills to drive growth, developing skills to tackle unemployment and continuing to foster further collaboration between business and our outstanding network of universities, colleges and R & D institutions to increase output and productivity.


The apprenticeship offer in Coventry and Warwickshire is driven by partnerships business and forward thinking colleges and training organisations

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Graduates & Researchers

With 50,000 students at our universities and over 1000 design graduates each year businesses have a great source of talent on the doorstep

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Innovators & Entrepreneurs

At almost twice the national average spend on research and development and high levels of patenting, we are an area with strong innovation credentials

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Our LEP was established to drive forward the economy, to help create the right environment which can see existing companies grow, new ones arrive, jobs be created and wealth generated for the common good.

Jonathan Browning, Chairman - CWLEP

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