Education and Skills

Fife has a clear commitment to lifelong learning and to developing further and higher education.

Fife is home to the University of St. Andrews and a further 8 universities 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 are engaging with our local schools check out the Culture of Enterprise programme.

Locally, Fife College delivers over 1000 courses, from introductory programmes to post-graduate studies, and is Scotland's largest provider of engineering courses.

University of St Andrews

Fife is home to Scotland’s first university, The University of St Andrews. It is known – and attracts students and teachers from – around the world. Its world-class reputation in teaching and research consistently place St Andrews top in Scotland and among the top five in the UK, according to annual league tables produced by 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.

Graphic showing rankings of nearby universities

Fife College

First class facilities with 7 campuses over Fife, delivering over 1000 educational and training courses with over 26,000 students. To find out more about Fife College click here.

Collaborative Projects

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.


Facts about nearby workers and modern apprenticeships

Opportunities Fife

Companies locating 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 and works with employers to deliver a cohesive employability service for Fife and develop the skill base for a thriving local economy.

Opportunities Fife can provide 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 the real skill needs of your business and match these to local individuals looking for work.

Key benefits to your business are:

For more information please visit the Opportunities Fife website.