EDITOR’S COMMENT: Jobs news is a very welcome move

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News of a skills manifesto to generate jobs in our area is very welcome indeed.

The aim is develop skills which are needed now – and get us set for the future, too.

There’s also the hope to see 10,000 new businesses established and 65,000 new jobs created across Norfolk and Suffolk by 2025.

The launch comes at the same time as Suffolk County Council commits to spending £1.5m from its Council Tax Freeze Grant to set up a local Apprenticeship Service to improve the take-up of apprenticeships across the county.

The recession has been a long and bitter one. Jobs have gone, businesses have reshaped.

No-one dare contemplate the famous ‘green shoots’ of recovery, but there is a sense that things are becoming slightly easier. Christmas is a telling time for retail but the litmus test will be in quarter one of 2014 when we will see if all the promise of recovery yields results. Let’s hope so.

>Barry Peters, Editor

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