Yes, this is another big advantage of the scheme.
The Pathfinder requires a lot of construction work, and we are keen to ensure that as may as possible of these jobs go to local people. We have set up an initiative called J21, which provides local people with the skills required by, and helps them into jobs in the construction industry. More than 800 people have gained from this training with many finding employment in local construction projects. A further 300 jobs will be created over the next three years.
In the longer term, creating better homes and neighbourhoods will encourage new businesses to locate here, and raise the overall prosperity of the area, leading to new job opportunities.