Liverpool is part of the Centre for Cities’ Partner City research programme. The programme works closely with a small group of cities to inform economic development strategies and improve economic performance.
A city’s stock of high skilled workers is one of the key determinants of its economic performance. This report focuses on high skilled workers in Liverpool. It answers two questions:
- How can Liverpool attract and retain more graduates?
- What more can partners in Liverpool do to ensure that its graduates meet the needs of priority business sectors?
- Drop plans to introduce a graduate retention target and stay focused on increasing the share of the city region’s adult population educated to degree level
- Strengthen educational attainment in schools – particularly in maths and English – to improve the supply of local talent
- Use Liverpool’s Knowledge Economy Group to design and coordinate policies that help boost demand for high skilled workers across the city region
- Support the focus on employability skills at Liverpool universities by improving business awareness of existing programmes
- Redesign computer games courses to gain industry accreditation and strengthen practical skills training on science courses