Bilbao: a destination for talent

Finding and developing first class talent are two key factors driving the competitiveness of Bilbao-Bizkaia. To achieve this, local institutions have focused on developing a first-class education system, enabling them to guarantee professional quality.

A HIGHLY-QUALIFIED POPULATION

Bilbao is one of the world’s most successful cities at attracting and retaining top talent. As a medium-sized city, it has the flexibility to create a rich climate for collaboration. This has driven numerous strategies and activities that promote local and international talent.

Education spending
Public sector
€ 9,530 

Proportion of the workforce that is university-educated
57% 

Building global knowledge 
GTCI Index
63,3

GTCI Index
Overall ranking
53,7

A UNIVERSITY CITY

The city is home to three universities with prestigious facilities including the UPV’s Engineering Faculty, the Deusto Business School and Mondragon University. Bilbao University is moving into the city centre so it can forge further links with businesses, providing specialist knowledge on the digital economy.

BASQUE VOCATIONAL TRAINING: THE EUROPEAN GOLD STANDARD

Basque vocational training is held as a European benchmark by the European Commission because of its ability to identify solutions to complex global challenges. And the government is continually looking at new ways to improve skills in the area.

TALENT ACQUISITION AND RETENTION

The mix of local and international talent in Bilbao’s business sector plays a vital role in the region’s success. To support talent retention and acquisition, Invest in Bilbao works closely with Bizkaia, providing top quality services for business and entrepreneurs interested in setting up and recruiting in the area.

Talent retention
GTCI Index
77,6

Bilbao’s Invest office works together with Bizkaia in order to provide a higher-quality service to businesses and entrepreneurs interested in setting up in the city.

Bizkaia Talent, an initiative aimed at attracting highly-qualified people to the city and helping to incorporate them into the workforce.

Services offered:

Talent retention
GTCI Index
77,6

Bilbao’s Invest office works together with Bizkaia in order to provide a higher-quality service to businesses and entrepreneurs interested in setting up in the city.

Bizkaia Talent, an initiative aimed at attracting highly-qualified people to the city and helping to incorporate them into the workforce.

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