According to Invest MK our new city is a “very modern city that embodies and embraces innovation in everything we do, MK is a technology hotspot that attracts everyone from geeks and techies to life scientists and aerospace engineers.”
But ensuring a supply of home grown skilled labour will be central to future success.
Cllr Moriah Priestley, cabinet member for Economic Growth and Community Partnerships, met with several of the cities technology based businesses at the historic Bletchley park venue at a meeting hosted by Ian Standen, Chief Executive of Bletchley Park.
The focus was on planning how the city can accommodate the right type and level of skills as we build the technology centres of excellence and the new flagship university.
Cllr Priestley said, “I was pleased to meet with some of the city’s leading business figures. This highlights the importance the Council gives to helping make Milton Keynes become a cutting edge technology driven city at the heart of a strongly growing new economic region.”
The Council is working to ensure that schools and other educational establishments are going to provide the skilled workforce of the future. The new University initiated by Milton Keynes Council will also play a crucial role.
Cllr Priestley added, “The meeting will lead to a roadshow of several engagement events for businesses across Milton Keynes as we plan for the cities new tertiary educational centres. I am pleased that Milton Keynes Council is working in partnership to help create a dynamic technology driven economic base to the city with high quality skilled staff ready to take on the challenge of creating the cutting edge city of the future.”
She concluded, “I believe MK will sit in the arc between Oxford and Cambridge and become the beating economic and business heart of the Arc. The potential is huge. But we need the skilled workforce.”