An educated workforce

Watford has a higher proportion of its workforce educated to degree level and above than the national average.

The University of Hertfordshire, our local university, has an outstanding record of teaching and research.  It is one of the highest ranked universities in the UK for employability with 96% of graduates in employment within six months of graduating – reflecting the focus on business the university applies to all its courses. This excellent local resource is available to help develop your business, your people and your recruitment of new talent.

Watford businesses can also tap in to the expertise, research and graduate output from six of Europe’s top 10 universities, as ranked by the prestigious Times Higher Education, all within 1 hour:

  • University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London
  • King’s College London, London School of Economics, Imperial College London

Access to many other high-quality universities including the Universities of Reading, Surrey, Cranfield, Brunel, Queen Mary, Anglia Ruskin, Oxford Brookes, Greenwich, Royal Holloway, plus the extensive network of campuses within the University of London group are also accessible within a 1-hour travel time.

A skilled workforce

Watford has a high proportion of people working in the top 3 standard occupational classification groups – management, professional and technical roles.

Ambitious people

Using the MOSAIC Consumer Classifications, a much higher proportion of Watford residents are classified as:

  • ‘Singles / couples’ – 20s-30s, progressing in careers
  • ‘Young renters’ – service sector, ready to move
  • ‘Affluent families’ – growing families, upmarket house
  • ‘Thriving families’ – good incomes, multi-cultural areas

compared with the UK.

Skills development

West Herts College, located in central Watford, offers employers a high quality training and workforce development package and is a trusted partner to many local businesses.

The College offers a comprehensive programme of professional and higher level skills qualifications, sector specific skills training, apprenticeships, short courses and bespoke training for businesses of all sizes.

To ensure that its full-time students are work ready when they complete their courses the College organises a comprehensive programme of work experience and industry placements with local employers; giving students practical experience of the world of work and employers the opportunity to shape young people to be the employees they will need in the future.

Did you know: Watford businesses can reach over half the UK economy within 1 hour – Greater London, the South East and the East of England are the powerhouse regions of the UK economy. 

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Welcome back to Watford town centre – shop local, stay safe

Watford town centre, and other retail areas across the town, are gearing up to welcome people back as non-essential shops and venues have started to re-open, with a range of measures in place to make sure they can shop safely and with confidence.

Shops and businesses are doing what is needed to keep their staff and customers safe. We are looking forward to welcoming people back to the High Street and other shopping areas across the town. Whilst they may look and feel a bit different, we are all looking forward to a return of some sort of normality, bringing vibrancy back to the town!

Watford businesses have done an amazing job to make sure they can open safely, while we all as individuals should do our part keeping a safe distance from others and washing or sanitising our hands regularly.