Fife is home to the oldest university in Scotland; The University of St Andrews. There are also a further eight universities which lie within an hour's drive. Fife also has excellent further education providers from state-of-the-art schools to outstanding colleges.
Businesses in Fife have ready access to graduate talent across all disciplines and ample opportunities for R&D collaboration with Scotland's top academic institutions.
Fife has more than 200 schools united in their pursuit of excellence, with several Fife schools performing above the national average for exam success.
To find out more about how we engage with our local schools, check out the Culture of Enterprise programme.
Locally, Fife College delivers over 1,000 courses, from introductory programmes to post-graduate studies, and is Scotland's largest provider of engineering courses.
The University of St Andrews attracts students and teachers from all over as a world-leading university. Its first-class reputation in teaching and research consistently ranks the university at the top in Scotland and among the top five in the UK, according to The Times, Sunday Times and The Guardian.
The University of St Andrews is now firmly acknowledged as a leading multi-faculty alternative to Oxford and Cambridge.
|The UK university rankings|
|University of St Andrews||1|
|University of Glasgow||12|
|University of Edinburgh||13|
|University of Strathclyde||17|
|University of Aberdeen||20|
|University of Dundee||35|
|University of Stirling||41|
Source: The Good University Guide 2022
Fife College is the area's largest college with first-class facilities over its five main Fife campuses, delivering over 1,000 educational and training courses. It provides both further and higher education to its 22,000 students.
Industry, Education and Fife Council work closely together to ensure our workforce can gain and maintain the skills and knowledge our employers need. An example of this is Opportunities Fife and engineering employers who have established the Fife Engineering Academy and a rolling apprenticeship programme.
Businesses located in Fife can benefit from recruitment, selection and training support through Fife Council’s Opportunities Fife and Employability Team.
Opportunities Fife is a partnership between Fife Council, Skills Development Scotland, the Department for Work & Pensions, the voluntary sector, Fife College and NHS Fife. Working with employers, they deliver a cohesive employability service for Fife and develop the skill base for a thriving local economy.
Opportunities Fife can help local employers with a single-entry point and act as a gateway into accessing a whole range of services available to help you and your business. They will discuss your recruitment needs, develop tailored training solutions to meet your business's real skill needs, and match these to local individuals looking for work.
Some of the key benefits to your business are: