The Top 10 Reasons why Graduates should move to our Region

Choosing where you go after Graduation is no small consideration. Where’s the best place to pursue your hopes, dreams and ambitions? Many graduates choose life and a career path in the Cardiff Capital Region. In fact, over half the workforce in Cardiff are qualified to degree level; and 35% of people who graduate in Wales are still here 10 years after graduation.

It’s a Region where Graduates want to be – and it’s easy to see why … 

1. The Region that offers Jobs & Opportunities.

The past decade has seen Cardiff experience a remarkable jobs growth of 20% – ranked highest UK Core City in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2021.

2. The Region that’s built on Skills.

South East Wales is noted as a highly-skilled, adaptable and dependable workforce developing careers and vocational pathways in every sector, with employers of all sizes. Today, 52% of the workforce are employed in Professional, Technical or Management roles. 

3. The Region that offers you Choice.

There are more than 50,000 enterprises in South East Wales – creating an ecosystem that caters for every ambition. For example, there are 2,435 advanced manufacturing companies employing over 70,000 people in our Region – part of a local talent economy that employs 67,000 people in financial and professional services, 17,000 in Life Sciences, and more than 10,000 in the Creative Industries.    

4. The Region that prioritises Career Pathways.

Cardiff Capital Region is committed to building a world standard economy where people can fulfil their potential, whether it’s working in the foundational economy or the five Priority Sectors of Creative Industries, Compound Semiconductors, Cybersecurity, Fintech or Medtech.

5. The Region that supports ‘You’.

The Venture Skills & Talent hub matches you to the right employers – giving you options in Cardiff across the Region – as well as welcoming you to our unique Career Accelerator Programme that future-proofs your skills through online and masterclass courses shaped around your work and ambitions.

6. The Region that’s an Economic Powerhouse.

The ten local authorities that make up South East Wales are home to nearly 1.6 million people (more than half the Welsh population) – accounting for 50% of the economic output of Wales. 

7. The Region focused on Quality of Life.

Cardiff is one of the Top 10 places in the UK to live – voted in the top 10 for restaurants, nightlife, shopping, sports facilities, cultural facilities and friendliness – in a region that’s also renowned for its stunning heritage coastline, beautiful rural walks and rugged mountain ranges.   

8. The Region where Life is for Living.

Cardiff and its surrounding region loves to party! Festival season includes the Cardiff Summer Festival, Cardiff Comedy Festival, the International Food & Drink Festival, Pride Cymru Big Weekend, Swn Festival, the Festival of Voice and the National Eisteddfod of Wales – whilst the Millennium Centre and three international sports stadiums cater for year-round sporting and cultural events.

9. The Region inspiring 21st century Infrastructure.

There’s more green space in Cardiff, per person, than any other UK city – but that’s not at the expense of being a connected and ultra-modern region. Europe’s largest data centre is located in the Welsh capital, the £1 billion South Wales Metro is joining up all major communities; and the four international airports within 140 minutes’ drive means that South East Wales is about to be connected like never before.

It’s a Region that always looks to give you more, that little bit extra, and in that spirit, here’s one more reason why you should consider the CCR …

10. The Region where no one gets left behind.

South East Wales is building inclusive prosperity in a region where no one gets left behind. That means people can build a secure future in this unique part of the world, where a resilient economy and community wellbeing are paramount. Croeso i CCR!


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