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Continued focus on better paid jobs as county maintains near full employment rate


A drive to create better skilled and better paid jobs remains the focus in Staffordshire as the county continues to maintain near full employment. Figures issued today show that in Staffordshire just two per cent of the local population claims out-of-work benefits. This is lower than both regional (3.7 per cent) and national (2.8 per cent) figures. The county council ...

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Staffordshire’s economic growth programme gathers strength

IC5 Keel

More jobs are being created at business development sites with county council involvement and its skills programme is exceeding its target, a new report states. An economic growth programme update details progress and achievements since it started in 2014 and in particular recent successes. One site developed with county council investment – Innovation Centre 5 (IC5) at Keele Science and ...

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Growth plan to improve economy and wellbeing in South Staffordshire

Gestamp South Staffordshire

An agreement which builds on an established partnership to grow the economy in South Staffordshire and further strengthen communities has been formed by the county and district councils.  The South Staffordshire Growth Agreement follows on from two successful district deals between the councils over the last six years which set out a range of regeneration projects and initiatives to increase ...

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Stafford firm Saint-Gobain Abrasives celebrate opening of brand-new headquarters and distribution centre

Unicorn House at Redhill

Stafford-based firm Saint-Gobain Abrasives UK has celebrated the relocation of its head office and distribution centre to a county council-developed business park. Previously based at the old Universal Grinding Wheel Co Ltd site in Doxey, the new Saint-Gobain Abrasives building, named Unicorn House, is now located on the Redhill Business Park, just off J14 of the M6. An opening event ...

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County business sites creating more skilled jobs

IC5 Keel

Business sites across Staffordshire are continuing to create skilled and better paid jobs as the county maintains near full employment. Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said that with sites like i54 South Staffordshire, Redhill in Stafford and Four Ashes fully occupied or nearly fully occupied, he was confident of more opportunities in the future. At Keele University ...

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Council scheme helps legal eagle Dolapo land dream job

Hundreds of people are getting their foot on the career ladder thanks to a work experience programme delivered by Staffordshire County Council. Dolapo Kunle-Ajayi from Stafford is the latest person to benefit from the scheme having landed her dream job in the council’s legal department. Dolapo did a series of twelve-week Open Door work placements before securing her position as ...

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Partners mark start of works for major new road scheme

Work is now under way on a multi-million-pound road project which will boost growth and ease congestion in Stafford The Stafford Western Access Route will enable millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development to take place. It will also improve traffic flow in the town centre, particularly by the railway station. The new road will link the ...

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Staffordshire’s summer employment figures remain encouraging, says economic growth leader

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Staffordshire’s mid-summer out-of-work claimant count statistics show that the county is retaining a position of having near full employment. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, said every effort is being made to ensure this continues with major development projects getting under way and a new round of skills programmes due to start next month. The claimant count figure ...

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Apprentices take to the stage for graduation


Higher level apprentices Naomi Yates and Richard Cumberlidge are just two of over 150 apprentices who took to the stage at this year’s apprenticeship graduation ceremony. The apprentices, from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, representing over 15 sectors from Accounting to Mechanical Engineering were joined by their families and employers. Now in their fifth year, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Graduation ...

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£15million road improvement works for major retail development progresses

MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock

The latest phase of a major road scheme to provide access to a £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around will begin next week. The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020. McArthurGlen ...

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