Oxford-Cambridge Arc

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc (the Arc) is a globally significant area that formed of five counties:

  • Oxfordshire
  • Bedfordshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Cambridgeshire. 

The Arc area provides a place to live for approximately 3.7 million residents and supports over 2 million jobs. Adding over £110 billion in economic output every year, it is home to one of the fastest growing economies in England. It is home to cutting-edge research, globally renowned science and technology clusters. It contains a vibrant natural environment, world-leading universities, and a rich cultural heritage.

The ambition for the Arc is to build a better economic, social and environmental future for the cities, towns and rural communities across the area.

The Opportunity Area (OA) is funding a project that will link the businesses attracted to the Arc with careers leaders in schools. This will raise young people’s awareness of the job opportunities available in the area and the skills and qualifications required. This project will be jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.