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Training takes off for Robin Hood
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Servisair are among the first recruiters at Robin Hood airport
The training of potential workers for a new airport has been hailed a success by the Yorkshire Forward development agency.

More than 400 people have now gone through introductory courses ready to apply for jobs at Robin Hood Sheffield Doncaster Airport, the agency said.

Key employers ThomsonFly and Servisair need to find more than 200 staff before the airport opens next year.

Plans for an "airport academy" there are also well advanced.

The training venture is being backed by Yorkshire Forward, Lufthansa Technical, airport owners Peel Holdings and further education colleges in Doncaster and north Nottinghamshire.

Lufthansa Technical's general manager Adrian Leatherland said: "We welcome this opportunity to work with the communities in South Yorkshire to bring new opportunities and provide world-class skills to people in the area."

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