Chief Minister Fabian Picardo focuses on health, apprenticeships and education in New Year’s Message

But Picardo warns 2017 will be 'tough and challenging'

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CHIEF Minister Fabian Picardo has promised to deliver five new schools and a raft of apprenticeships.

Speaking in his New Year’s message, Picardo said the government will launch apprenticeships in electrical, engineering and mechanical trades this month.

NEW YEAR MESSAGE: Picardo says 2017 will 'define us'
NEW YEAR MESSAGE: Picardo says 2017 will ‘define our future for generations’

He also announced the new Alzheimers and Dementia Residential should open in the next 90 days, with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Day facility set to open next week.

Free hot lunches for children from less well-off families are also being introduced.

Picardo said: “2017 is a year that will likely define our future for generations to come.

“So a tough and challenging year lies ahead.

“But as Gibraltarians, we know that so long as we knuckle down to work together, we have everyreason to be optimistic about the future of our beloved British home.”

Gibraltar saw record low unemployment in 2016, with just 146 registered unemployed in December.

Work on the new runway tunnel has also begun, Picardo said, with the LNG fuelled Power Station at North Mole due for completion this year.

Picardo announced that the GHA is re-introducing the rank of matron to its nursing staff.



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