Delivering Tomorrow's Workforce

Glasgow offers a large, well qualified skilled labour pool, a pre-requisite for many employers relocating to the IFSD.

Excellent public transport networks mean that 1.5 million people live within Glasgow's travel to work area and, of these, a high proportion have relevant workplace qualifications.

At all levels from schools, colleges and universities to professional development, there is a very real commitment in Glasgow to maintaining the supply of quality labour, to meet the needs of incoming or expanding employers.

Close Partnerships

This is achieved through close working partnerships between the employers, public agencies such as Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow City Council and the education sector.

The city of Glasgow itself features a wealth of educational opportunities at all levels.

There are over 160,000 students enrolled at metropolitan Glasgow's four  universities, three higher education colleges and three 'super' colleges.

Each year in Glasgow, around 30,000 people study for skills and qualifications directly relevant to business and the financial services industry.

Qualified Labour Force

Almost half (46%) of all Glaswegians in employment are educated to degree level, making the city's workforce one of the best qualified in the UK.

A particularly interesting statistic for employers is that more than 50% of the city's graduates remain in the Glasgow area after graduation.

University provision in Glasgow now comprises the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of the West of Scotland and the University of Glasgow, the fourth oldest university in the UK, first established in 1451.

With over 75,000 students studying at the four universities, Glasgow is very much a centre of higher learning in Scotland.

In addition, the Royal Conservatoire and Glasgow School of Art are hubs of creativity.

Top Business Schools

Glasgow's universities have business schools with first class reputations. The University of Strathclyde's Business School is one of an elite group, representing less than 1% of business schools globally, recognised by the world's top three accreditation bodies. The University of Glasgow's Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Association of MBA's while Glasgow Caledonian University's Business School boasts the fourth largest intake of students of a business school in Scotland and a leading edge institution for specialist areas such as risk management.

Truly International

For companies with an international flavour to their business, you will hear twenty different languages spoken in Glasgow's customer service centres.

In addition, there are a number of translation companies in Glasgow, and Strathclyde University's Languages for Business offers in-company language courses and translation services.

As well as languages learnt in schools, colleges and universities, there is also a large pool of over 7,000 overseas students and the Scottish Government offers a relocation advisory service for overseas talent moving to Scotland.


Glasgow's secondary schools have been the subject of a massive modernisation project, with every one of the city's 29 secondary schools either rebuilt or refurbished.

Along with a further 14 independent private schools in and around the city, families in Glasgow are offered the widest possible range of educational opportunities for their children.

Specialist Initiatives

At every level in Glasgow, there are local, regional and national initiatives to develop skilled labour for employers.

Further Information

If you have any queries or would like more information on the range of support available to financial services companies in Glasgow, then contact


""From an educational point of view, we have superb universities and also world-renowned schools."

Murray Cromar, Client Director, Commercial Insurance, AON