//The Latest News from Sheffield City Region

Published 3rd February 2017 at 12:51pm

Pioneering projects to improve the quality of life, plug a serious skills gap, and speed up infrastructure works were approved by the Combined Authority on Monday.

£11.88million goes to the ‘Sustainable Transport Programme’ (STEP) to improve the quality of life for residents across the region and attract investors with projects to improve cycling, walking, and the ability to get to work, education or training.

£3.5million goes to plans to fill the skills gap in the region. It will be used for infrastructure works for a new campus for Rotherham College opening in Autumn 2018. The ‘Rotherham Centre for Higher Level Skills’, on brownfield land at Doncaster Gate, will provide higher level learning in areas where the skills gap is worst: IT services and digital design; health care – both nursing and technical roles; business and enterprise; sales; construction; and engineering.

Since the launch of the Sheffield City Region Skills Bank in May, 645 employers in the region have registered to apply for funding. The value of the Skills Bank funding has hit £1.5million and over 2,200 learners have been accepted for training. Over 150 of these learners have already begun training.

A boom in the tech sector is seeing hundreds of jobs set to be created in Sheffield. http://www.thestar.co.uk/business/tech-firms-creating-hundreds-of-jobs-1-8356364

North Nottinghamshire College’s umbrella organisation RNN Group has completed a merger with Dearne Valley College, bolstering its presence across the Sheffield City Region. The merger partners those two colleges with Rotherham College and apprenticeship provider RNN Training, plus a number of subsidiary companies in specialist training sectors.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is becoming a teaching hospital, which is expected to boost the recruitment and retention of staff. The trust has achieved teaching hospital status in partnership with Sheffield Hallam and the University of Sheffield.

Research by Sheffield Hallam University found that the Open Golf Championship boosts the economy by around £110million.

Boutique gym chain TRIB3 has opened two new venues in Sheffield’s Kelham Island and at the Source Skills Academy in Meadowhall. TRIB3, which centres on maximising conditioning, physical and mental performance, has been spearheaded by David Cross, managing director of Crossbow Developments and CODA architectural studios.

Doncaster-based companies are projected to win over £108million of council work in 2016/17. Despite reduced council budgets, the amount of work awarded to firms in the borough has increased by over £27million since 2013/14 and now represents 68% of all council spend.

A healthcare company, which will create 100 jobs when it opens its new neurological and complex trauma rehabilitation centre in Sheffield shortly, has received business support and advice from the Growth Hub and a grant of £490,000 grant from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), administered by the Sheffield City Region. And artist’s impression of the STEPS Rehabilitation centre is above.

A landmark site in Sheffield – the previous home of the now-demolished 1852 Neepsend gas holders – has been sold to Arthur’s Skips which has purchased the land to create a ‘super depot’ for its recycling services.

A team of Sheffield Hallam University scientists are inviting patients with systemic sclerosis to take part in a study that will look at whether exercise could act as a suitable therapy.


University of Sheffield student Myrtle Easter, who is studying aerospace engineering, has been awarded a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The scholarship provides a grant to help her through her degree studies.

And finally . . .

The great actor John Hurt who died on January 27, was born in Chesterfield and brought up in Shirebrook in the Sheffield City Region.