Staffordshire’s fast pace business site development and creation of new space for small enterprise will see more job creation to ensure near full employment continues, the county’s economy leader has said.
Today’s unemployment claimant count statistics for Staffordshire show a figure of just one per cent of the local population – a reduction of on last month and lower than both national (1.9 per cent) and regional (2.4 per cent) averages.
County council economic growth leader Mark Winnington said in addition to site development and provision of new space for small business, Staffordshire would see the opening of three new skills development hubs in September. South Staffordshire College’s Agristem Academy, Stafford College’s Science and Technology Centre and JCB Academy’s Dove Engineering Centre have all been funded through the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. They will provide a range of courses to give people the skills needed for employment in Staffordshire’s key sector industries.
Development is progressing at the Four Ashes site in South Staffordshire, i54 South Staffordshire, Redhill in Stafford and Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock, where plans for the next unit are set to be approved this month.
Mark Winnington said:
Through the summer work has been continuing at pace at our business development sites – laying the foundations for more job creation in Staffordshire. We’re hoping to see plans for the latest unit at Kingswood Lakeside approved this month. In recent weeks we saw the opening of the Tamworth Enterprise Centre, a project we have worked on with the borough council, providing space for small business and which is already nearly fully occupied. New job opportunities will need to be filled by those with the right skills and so the opening of the three new skills centres with the latest industry technology is hugely encouraging. We’re committed to seeing the creation of better skilled, better paid jobs which can be taken on by Staffordshire people.”