Working in Coventry & Warwickshire

Use this information to expand your knowledge of this geographical area. As opportunities rise again, consider working further afield from where you live. The region is a well-connected and exciting place to live and work! 

Coventry and Warwickshire

Information on Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry is an exciting destination, being European City of Sport 2019, UK City of Culture 2021 and a host city for Commonwealth Games 2022.

Coventry is a hub for engineering and manufacturing companies, with major automotive brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, BMW, Volvo and London Taxi Company based in and around the city. This is the heart of the UK’s main automotive cluster – the Midlands automotive cluster – offering engineering roles as well as business operations, legal and HR positions. 

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), a research and development facility initially for aerospace, has expanded into other manufacturing sectors including medical devices, biotechnology, oil and gas, food and drink, and more. University of Birmingham is a research partner for the centre as well as University of Nottingham and Loughborough University.

Within the ring road around Coventry city centre, there is a concentration of business, professional and financial services companies including Coventry Building Society, NFU Mutual, Wither & Rogers and more. Friargate is an office development, close to Coventry Railway Station. It is set to bring in new company headquarters, establishing a business, professional and financial services hub.

Severn Trent Water, E.on, National Grid, Calor Gas, and First Utility are amongst some of the energy companies based in Coventry. With the growing need for clean technology and low carbon emissions, the Coventry and Warwickshire area is a leading hub in research and development in low carbon, electric and hybrid technology.

Coventry and Warwickshire is the home to a gaming cluster, with big names such as Codemasters, SEGA, Ubisoft based in and around Royal Leamington Spa; earning the nickname of ‘Silicon Spa’. Silicon Spa’s gaming cluster employs highly skilled professionals, accounting for around 10% of the UK games development industry, holding a strong position in development of ‘serious games’ and virtual reality. Additionally, 75% of digital media companies in Coventry are related to gaming industries.

‘Serious games’ and gamification is making an impact on many sectors outside of leisure and entertainment with sectors such as education, retail, marketing and healthcare increasingly investing in interactive and engaging ways to provide their services.

Coventry has strengths in the theatre, film-making and arts circle with Belgrade Theatre, Albany Theatre and the Warwick Arts Centre being in close proximity to each other in the centre of the city. This has proved to be a hub for the arts.

The Herbert Art Gallery run by Culture Coventry, houses a museum, art gallery, records archive and is one of the main learning facilities for creative arts and media. Culture Coventry also manages other local heritage sites which are the Coventry Transport Museum, Old Grammar School and Lunt Roman Fort. This rich mix of heritage creates opportunities for curating, marketing and museum education related roles.

Sector strengths

  • Energy and Low Carbon
  • Agri-tech
  • Digital Gaming
  • Automotive

(Source: Midlands Engine independent Economic Review, Feb 2020)

In the West Midlands, there are key sectors that are driving the region’s growth (now and in the future) leading to higher wage graduate jobs. Our diverse economy is a key strength. Find out about these growing sectors to broaden your career options. The West Midlands is home to leaders in finance, life sciences, digital, automotive and aerospace  - and more. Visit the West Midlands Growth Company website for more info.

How to use this information

Make a speculative application

Sometimes jobs are created based on who you know, and making a speculative application for work experience or a job is positive move, rather than waiting for the right job to come along. It offers a way of getting an entry through the door and getting noticed. 

Research companies in the area

Online search engines provide a quick way to search for employers, particularly to make speculative applications and searching companies to find specific jobs you’re interested in. 

  • If you can’t find the graduate job or work experience you want and know what you enjoy, strengths you possess, and skills you can contribute to an organisation, approach them by email with a speculative letter and CV.  Tips on speculative applications can be found on the speculative application preparation page.
  • Organisations located in the West Midlands region are listed on various sites to research, e.g. Best Companies; and Glassdoor.
  • Use LinkedIn to find, follow and research companies.
  • Access the FAME database to research businesses via findit@bham.
  • Industry journals advertising permanent vacancies provide a great insight into employers working in a sector and how to get in touch.
  • Read local newspapers and find out which companies are winning awards.
  • Industry professional bodies often provide details of organisations working in a particular field/sector.
  • Lecturers and other contacts may be able to give advice and contact details of local companies they collaborate with and individuals.
  • Facebook can also be useful in finding out more about an organisation.

Useful links to find work in Coventry and Warwickshire

Business, Professional and Financial Services

Creative and digital

Culture

Engineering and Technology

Using Careers Connect to find job opportunities

For current students

Log into Careers Connect to find work, accessing West Midlands graduate jobs as well as internships and work experience opportunities not just in the UK, but nationally and internationally. 

Introduction to Careers Connect video transcript

For alumni

If you are a University of Birmingham graduate, you will need to register for a graduate account. More information can be found on the graduate introduction to Careers Connect page

Other West Midlands regional information

Colleges

Professional Services