Vital jobs could be created in the region after Business Doncaster and developers Veridon launched the new iPort Academy.
The new Academy in Rossington will help to point people to available jobs, apprenticeships and professional qualifications and training.
The academy hopes this will help them to obtain the skills they need to pursue a career or upskill those currently working in the logistics sector.
The major logistics development on a 337 acre site has already announced its first tenant in Fellowes. There is a great deal of interest across the borough about what is happening and what businesses are coming to the iPort and once further investors are announced, residents all across the borough will be keen to access these opportunities.
Verdion’s European development director, John Clements, welcomed the iPort Academy and said: “It’s great to be here to be part of the launch of the iPort Academy.
“We have a very exciting few years ahead of us and we begin to fill the iPort scheme with occupiers that will bring jobs and other economic benefits to the area. With the strong backing of our funding partner HOOPP, we are pushing forward with development.
“We have announced the first letting to Fellowes and are in detailed negotiations with a number of other occupiers who will very much welcome the access to potential employees that the Academy will provide.”
Councillor Bill Mordue, Portfolio holder for Business, Skills, Tourism and Culture, said: “By providing this unique service to both employers and local residents we will be able to match employers to the skilled and experienced workforce we have here in Doncaster.
“Logistics is a huge area of growth in the region as we move to develop Doncaster for the future. In the next few years we are going to see thousands of new jobs created in the sector and the iPort Academy will play a vital role in providing the access and skills required for the logistics industry and ensure that local people get the training they need to benefit from the jobs being created.”
Assistant director for development at Doncaster Council, Scott Cardwell, added: “Supply chain logistics are fundamental to the iPort and a key priority for our region’s economic growth.
“Logistics and transport is a growing industry and can provide exciting career opportunities and by working with our partners such as the College and local training providers, we can provide a pathway for young people to get the skills they need in this sector. The iPort scheme is looking to create around 5,000 jobs.