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University partnerships set to boost Staffordshire’s economic growth

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Focussed partnerships between universities and the county council will further strengthen Staffordshire’s economy, its economic growth and skills leaders have said. The county council has formed a close working relationship with Keele University, Staffordshire University and Wolverhampton University as it aims to maximise the potential of each organisation to improve productivity among local businesses and local skills. In a select ...

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Budget support for Staffordshire welcomed

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Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: We will have to look at the detail of the Chancellor’s announcements, but there appears to be support in the budget for small businesses in Staffordshire, money for skills training and help for  those in need, we well as extended childcare to help parents. Social care is the biggest pressure facing local ...

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‘T-levels’ skills boost for Staffordshire

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Staffordshire students stand to benefit from millions of pounds invested in skills training for teenagers. Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Learning and Skills, said that Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement of an additional £500 million for ‘T-levels’ in the next few years will boost existing plans to train thousands of youngsters in skills needed for the county’s hi-tech ...

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Lifetime animal ban and suspended prison sentence for livestock keeper who neglected sheep

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A livestock keeper has been handed an 18-month suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping sheep for life after pleading guilty to animal neglect and by-product offences. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team prosecuted 43-year-old Kevin Allman after repeated visits to the flock he had been keeping at Knighton, Adbaston. He was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two ...

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Life of Stafford’s Radical Georgian MP explored in seminar

Gill Heath

Richard Brinsley Sheridan, playwright, duellist, wit, and all round Georgian man of letters was MP for Stafford from 1780 until 1806. Now, people interested in his life as an MP and connections with the county town are invited to find out more at a unique study day being hosted by Staffordshire County Council’s Archives Service. What did this celebrity of ...

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£1.2million investment in apprenticeship training centre

JCB Academy

The former Dove First School building in Rocester is now under a £1million conversion to become a state-of-the-art apprenticeship training centre. The plans are part of the expanding apprenticeship programme at The JCB Academy. The JCB Academy is more commonly known for its school and sixth form but a large part of the establishment is the apprenticeship training centre. Employers, ...

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Could you be a county councillor?

Staffordshire County Council Offices

Potential candidates for this year’s county council election can get an insight into how the authority works at an open day this month. Three sessions will be held on Tuesday March 28 in County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford, giving candidates information on how the council works and the support on offer. County council officers will be on hand to give ...

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Staffordshire Apprentices to visit House of Commons as part of National Apprenticeship Week

Jenny Conlon

Three Staffordshire young apprentice ambassadors are off to the House of Commons next week as part of National Apprenticeship Week. The young people working at Staffordshire Engineering firm KMF and Painsley Catholic College have been invited by MP Robert Halfron, Minister for Apprenticeships to share their experiences in promoting apprenticeships as a great career option. The visit coincides with National ...

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New roundabout to be built on main Staffordshire route

Councillor Mark Deaville

Work to build a roundabout on a main road to provide access to a housing development starts next week. It will be built on the A51 Lea Hall Way near Rugeley and provide safe access to the housing development on former power station land. The £750,000 scheme, paid for by the housing developer, will see the new roundabout built 400 ...

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Crossroads safety improvement work starts

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Work to improve safety at a crossroads in East Staffordshire started this week. The junction of the A515 and B5234 Burton Road, between Burton and Newborough, will have a range of safety measure installed. These include junction widening, building a splitter island on the B5234 westbound approach to slow vehicles down and installing new signs. The improvements follow a fatal ...

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