Job density in Portsmouth is 86%, higher than the UK average of 84%. Of the 205,000 residents, 103,500 aged 16-64 years of age are estimated to be in work. Portsmouth saw the strongest growth of all comparison areas in the resident-based employment rate in the year to June 2017 compared to the previous year. The rate increased 2.2% percentage points on the previous year to 73.1%. Portsmouth’s strength is in a high proportion of people in full-time employment and employees, but a relatively low share of self-employees and people working part-time

Qualification levels in Portsmouth are also relatively high. 19.6% of residents have Level 3 qualifications, well above the national average. 34.7% of Portsmouth residents have advanced or NVQ Level 4+ (degree, higher degrees or equivalents) which increased by 4.6 percentage points in 2016, faster than in its comparator areas

Portsmouth has a particular strength in manufacturing, information and communication technology and business services. It is the home to a number of world leading companies such as BAE Systems, Airbus, and IBM.

The University of Portsmouth

The 'Purple Door service has been renamed the Careers and Employability Service.

1. University of Portsmouth Business School holds the Small Business Charter Silver Award and is one of a small number of what the Small Business Charter describes as world-class business schools across the UK to have demonstrated their ability and promise to help grow business. Also the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Research Group provides a platform for research into business growth.

2. The University of Portsmouth holds ‘Gold’ rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the UK government’s assessment of teaching excellence in higher education, one of only four universities in the South East region to be rated gold, along with the Universities of Kent, Oxford and Surrey.

Fareham College's CEMAST

Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST) based in the Solent Enterprise Zone, provides top-quality training to more than 900 students a year, and offers opportunities to gain experience in the marine, automotive and aerospace industries.

UTC Portsmouth

UTC Portsmouth delivers an exciting, stimulating and relevant STEM curriculum focused on equipping our students with the skills and attitudes to succeed in their chosen career pathways.  Regular engagement with employers and partners is at the core of UTC Portsmouth. Our founding members are: The University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council, the Royal Navy, BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Salterns Academy Trust. Other key partners include: Land Rover BAR, Airbus and NATS.

Boatbuilding Training College

Boatbuilding Training College world-renowned training provider based in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  Offer a Level 3 City and Guilds Qualification, a Diploma and a range of short courses. Teaching techniques of traditional wooden boatbuilding and related transferable skills.

Other local learning providers

PETA Training & Consultancy Services

The Association of Learning Providers for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (ALPHI) network - the network is the connection between all the providers in the area to promote and support apprenticeship training. ALPHI also provides a service to external organisations who are looking for information on work based learning provision across the area, offering solutions to a wide range of training needs.

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