Jobs created in big growth deal

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Thousands of jobs will be created and millions of pounds of investment injected into Sheffield under a local growth deal revealed today.

A glass academy to train people to work in the city’s glassworks, investment in skills to boost apprenticeships, and business growth are among the top projects in the deal - which aims to transform the economy by devolving money and power from Government.

It is worth £300m over six years and £46m next year.

Other schemes include completing the link road to Robin Hood Airport, developing high-quality office space in Sheffield city centre, and improving highway connectivity to the Dearne Valley Parkway to develop new employment and housing.

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership submitted draft plans to the Government earlier this year.

Deputy PM and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: “We are delivering more than £300m to fund major projects which our region’s businesses have said would make the biggest difference. This will see local people benefit from thousands of new jobs and big new infrastructure projects, creating a stronger local economy.”

Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore said: “Today’s announcement recognises the strength and importance of Sheffield and the City Region. It sends a clear message of support for our plans to drive economic growth. The extra £300m will have a massive impact on Sheffield, allowing us to realise our ambitions for the city centre and provide a huge boost to jobs.”