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Preston is a major centre for the defence and aerospace industry and has been targeted by developers since it was awarded city status in 2002.

Career city: Preston | Postgraduate study | Local graduate employers | Moving to Preston

Recently, Lancashire county council has on a £370m government-funded development project to attract new businesses and investment in the Preston and South Ribble areas, which has already led to significant job growth.

The city is a major centre for the defence and aerospace industry, with BAE Systems seeking graduates of engineering and manufacturing-related degrees. Westinghouse Springfields is a nuclear energy company which is also a significant employer in the energy and engineering sectors.


Postgraduate study in and around Preston

The fifth biggest university in the country, the University of Central Lancashire (UClan) recently spent £60m improving and expanding its facilities. Its recently refurbished student union houses one of the largest student venues in the country. In recent years, the university has taken big strides with its research ratings. Nursing and social work courses score well on research, as do library and information management, and engineering.


10 local graduate employers in Preston

  1. NetFlights, Preston (Sales; Marketing; PR)
  2. Preston City Council, Preston (Public sector; HR; IT; Housing)
  3. University of Central Lancashire, Preston (Education; Research; IT)
  4. James Hall & Co. Ltd, Preston (Logistics)
  5. Network Rail, Preston (Engineering; Management; Finance)
  6. Carphone Warehouse, Preston (IT; Telesales; Management)
  7. BAE Systems, Preston (Engineering; Manufacturing; Sales)
  8. Springfields Fuels Ltd, Preston (Oil & gas; Engineering; Manufacturing)
  9. Booths, Preston (Retail)
  10. NHS Central Lancashire, Leyland (Public sector; Healthcare; HR; PR)

(Note: these employers may not be currently recruiting. Their names have been provided as a guideline to the type of work available and what areas to look in.)


Moving to Preston

It’s on the map for…

  • Down-to-earth, friendly atmosphere
  • Teetotalism originated in Preston with the temperance movement
  • Preston North End FC is one of the oldest football clubs in the UK

It’s within commuting distance of…

  • Leyland – 7 miles
  • Blackpool – 16 miles
  • Manchester – 35 miles

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