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Our city is home to a ready-made pool of talent - young, dynamic and digitally skilled individuals

A city where 18-29 year olds make up nearly a quarter of our total population. We’re home to five successful universities, with world-class research facilities and top business schools at both the University of Leeds, and Leeds Beckett University. Then there’s Leeds College of Building – the only further education college in the UK dedicated to construction and the built environment, and Leeds City College: one of the largest further education institutions in the country with a strong portfolio of industry links on a national and international scale.

Leeds City Region has the largest number of STEM graduates outside London, and the city experiences a “brain gain”, with more undergraduates and graduates moving into the city than leaving. In fact over 40% of the city’s working age population are educated to degree level.¹

¹ ONS Annual Population Survey 2019-20