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A survey has found employers in the region are negative about the chances of taking on more staff.

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£77.3 million plan to boost training opportunities in Sheffield

Sheffield City Region is officially launching a £77.3 million plan to boost skills and create thousands of new apprenticeships and other training opportunities. The Skills Made Easy Programme aims to create 4000 new apprenticeships and courses to train more than 2000 adults.

Under the Government's 'City Deal' plan, Sheffield City Region will see more than £77m over the next three years to boost skills and increase jobs. Up to £500 million of transport funding could be invested in the City Region to be centred on new business developments.

The Skills Made Easy programme will ensure small and medium sized businesses can access financial support for apprenticeships and accredited training. Business leaders will work closely with councils and education providers to ensure that our workforce has the skills that Sheffield City Region businesses need for future growth and economic success."

– Nigel Brewster, LEP Board Member and Private Sector Skills Lead

You can find out more information on Skills Made Easy here.

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Hull- most difficult place to find work

Hull has been named as the most difficult place to find work, with Aberdeen the easiest, according to new research.

Around 55 people chased every vacancy in Hull in 2012, 36 in Sunderland, 25 in Southend, 19 in Wolverhampton and 14 in Bradford.

In contrast, there were fewer than one jobseeker per vacancy in Aberdeen, Cambridge, Guildford and Reading and one in Oxford.

London was the best-paying city with average salaries of over £41,000, followed by Aberdeen (£37,670), Cambridge (£34,009), Slough (£33,415) and Guildford (£32,539).

The lowest average advertised salaries were found in Preston (£25,718) and Bradford (around £26,000), said the report by Adzuna, a search engine for job adverts.

The top employer this year is said to be the London 2012 Olympic Games, creating around 100,000 jobs, although most were temporary.

Former Jarvis workers claim unfair dismissal

Twenty five former Jarvis Rail workers from across Yorkshire, who claim they were unfairly dismissed, say they are a step close to justice. Twelve hundreds maintenance workers were sacked after the firm went into administration in March 2010.

The former staff believe their jobs should have been transferred to Network rail when they took over. A employment tribunal has begun to decide if their case is legitimate or not. The hearing is expected to last a week.

More help for firms taking on young workers

Wage subsidies for firms taking on young workers are to be brought forward in areas with the highest levels of long-term youth unemployment.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Sheffield MP announced that instead of coming in at nine months, the subsidy of £2,275 per person will start at six months. The subsidy, equivalent to half the minimum wage, is part of the Government's £1 billion Youth Contract launched last autumn.

"Three months can make all the difference. When you feel like your banging your head against a brick wall, when you live in an area where opportunities are already few and far between, another 12 weeks of rejection letters, of being cut off, of sitting at home waiting, worrying, that can seriously knock the stuffing out of you, making it extremely difficult to pick yourself up.

– Nick Clegg

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Hull regeneration project

People living in one of the most run down parts of Hull have given a cautious welcome to news it is to be regenerated after a two-year wait for funding.

Hull City Council announced that vital Government cash has finally been agreed to demolish and rebuild scores of empty houses in the Hawthorn Avenue area.

Most residents have already abandoned their homes - but those left behind say they're now little better than slums. Lisa Adlam reports.

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