A new logistics skills academy has opened as Doncaster’s iPort scheme mulls another phase of speculative development.
Business Doncaster and developer Verdion have launched the new iPort Academy to work with the key employers coming to the £500m iPort scheme at Rossington.
One of the two speculative units at the 337-acre site is already let – Fellowes took 140,000 sq ft – and the second unit of 215,000 sq ft is already under offer.
According to Mike Baugh, senior director at CBRE in Leeds, three design-and-build deals are also pending with requirements from 200,000 sq ft to 1m sq ft.
Baugh says that those deals – if confirmed – could prompt Verdion to launch another brace of speculative units each of between 100,000 and 200,000 sq ft. So it’s all go at Doncaster.
Verdion confirms it is in advanced negotiations with a number of other occupiers for the site to be announced in the coming weeks. Residents across the borough who are keen to access these job opportunities can do so through the iPort Academy, which is based on West End Lane in Rossington, Doncaster.
The new Academy will help to signpost individuals to available jobs, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and training which will help them to obtain the skills they require to pursue a new career or upskill those currently working in the logistics sector.
John Clements, Verdion’s European Development Director, said: “With the strong backing of our funding partner HOOPP, we are pushing forward with development. We have secured the first letting to Fellowes and hope to announce further lettings shortly to occupiers who will very much welcome the access to potential employees that the Academy will provide.”