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City Deal to create 1,500 apprenticeships

The Black Country's new City Deal will create 1,500 apprenticeships in high-value manufacturing jobs, providing support for almost 3,000 long-term unemployed people in the area to help them find a job.

Speaking on behalf of the local authorities, Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader of Wolverhampton City Council said:

The City Deal is an excellent example of how the Black Country’s public and private sector work together for the benefit of all. The changes that will come about as a result of the deal will make a real difference to tackling youth unemployment and providing the skills for the jobs of the future.

Chair of the Black Country LEP, Stewart Towe, said feedback from businesses suggests that assisting the growth of high-value manufacturing is critical to the prosperity of the Black Country.

Deputy Prime Minister praises City Deal

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has heaped praise on the new deal that is set to create 5,800 new manufacturing jobs and £130million of private investment for the Black Country.

Mr Clegg said of the deal:

This marks the beginning of a new era of growth and prosperity in the Black Country. This isn’t pointless Whitehall jargon: this deal has the genuine power to change the fortunes of many people across the region by creating new jobs, boosting businesses and providing new housing...

Between government Minister for Cities Greg Clark, local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership, the City Deal has been made in recognition of the Black Country’s role in the UK economy; where high-value manufacturing represents the largest concentration of jobs of any LEP area.

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New premises for 130-year-old steelworks

A local, family-run engineering business is celebrating a £1.25 million investment in new premises.

Drop forging firm WH Tidesley have been based in the Black Country town of Willenhall for over 130 years.

They manufacture steel components and parts for Aston Martin, Lotus and Morgan Motors as well as for classic Bentleys, Porsches, Ferraris and Norton Motorcycles.

Drop forging is a manufacturing process that uses pressure to forge molten hot metal Credit: ITV News Central
A ball of red-hot metal is loaded into a forge Credit: ITV News Central

Toyota model's unveiling secures Midlands jobs - full report

Toyota has begun production of a new estate car at its factory in Derbyshire safeguarding thousands of jobs. It's investing nearly 200 million pounds in the plant to build the Auris Touring Sports.

The company has had to recall millions of vehicles in recent years. But managers are confident they've put their problems behind them. Peter Bearne reports.

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Toyota's latest model rolls off the production line

Auris Touring Sport rolling off the production line Credit: ITV Central
The new estate is the first full hybrid estate vehicle in its class. Credit: ITV Central
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin was at today's unveiling Credit: ITV Central
The chassis of the Auris Touring Sport on the production line at Toyota's Burnaston plant Credit: ITV Central

Toyota's latest model awaits its official launch

The Auris Touring Sport is due to be unveiled to workers at the Burnaston plant in 10 minutes time Credit: ITV Central

Staff at Toyota's assembly plant in Derbyshire are due to see the new model they will be making for the Japanese car firm.

The Auris Touring Sports is the first full hybrid estate vehicle in its class.

Production of the vehicle will secure jobs at the Burnaston plant for at least a decade.

It will also benefit many more companies who supply parts to Toyota.

The car is set to be unveiled in the next 10 minutes.

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