Basingstoke is already home to a highly-educated, highly skilled population (42,000 in fact).

With access to one of the south of England’s leading pools of highly skilled young people and graduate talent, businesses can recruit locally to find the right people to help drive their business.

Complementing our major corporates is a thriving start-up community with over 900 business start-ups per annum and a 65.7% three year survival rate.

Universities within the area

Basingstoke has access to seven universities within the region, including one Russell Group university – the University of Southampton. Through these academic and research institutions our key sectors are well supported by the extensive range of academic programmes on offer, providing over 91,000 graduates every year.

Courses in business, finance, technology and creative arts are widely available helping support the growth of our knowledge-based economy, together with more specialist areas such as engineering, medicine and real estate – helping to bolster the skills base available locally.


Basingstoke has two colleges. Basingstoke College of Technology is in the top 30% of colleges nationally for timely achievement of apprenticeships for all ages and levels* and 97% of students progress to university, employment or further studies**. Queen Mary’s College is placed in the top 5% of all A-level providers across the country.


Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Businesses that offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long term development. Apprentices can be new or current employees and can be used to recruit and train new staff or to develop existing staff. A number of providers including Basingstoke College of TechnologyBasingstoke ITEC offer apprenticeships and The University of Winchester offers degree apprenticeships.

Developing your employees

As well as apprenticeships, Basingstoke College of Technology also offers a range of work related courses and can offer bespoke training on request. Please see the work-related training pages on their website for more information.

Basingstoke Employment and Skills Zone

The Employment and Skills Zone brings together a number of agencies who support people into work, provide skills and employability training and offer work experience opportunities. The partnership aims to avoid duplication of services and increase the range of services available to those looking for work.

A regular e-bulletin is sent to around 40 local agencies working with potential job seekers. If you have a vacancy in Basingstoke and you would like to promote via this bulletin please forward the details to

As well as promoting vacancies, the partnership can also offer companies help with the recruitment process. It has provided pre-employment training, interview space and candidate selection to companies relocating to Basingstoke or expanding their workforce. If you would like to know more about the partnership, please see the Basingstoke and Deane Employment and Skills Zone webpages or contact

* National Achievement Rate tables 2017/18

** Based on BCoT destinations data 2019