By Tom Degun

Side view_of_Glasgow_2014_Athletes_Village_August_5_August 8 - Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney has claimed that the Athletes' Village for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is set to create around 1,500 further full-time jobs for the next two years.

The Finance Secretary revealed details of the jobs, which range from apprentices to skilled tradespeople, on a special visit to the site of the 35 hectare, £150 million ($235 million/€189 million) site.

During the Games, the Athletes' Village will house around 6,500 athletes and team officials and will feature a retail area, recreation area, dining hall, medical facilities and other amenities.

Following the Games, it will be further developed to become a residential area of around 1,400 homes.

Swinney claims the project presents a huge boost for both Glasgow and Scotland.

"Glasgow 2014 will be the biggest multi-sports event Scotland has hosted and is already delivering significant economic benefits for the whole country," he said.

"Through the construction of the Athletes' Village we are seeing substantial capital investment in the East End, which is providing a valuable boost to the construction sector and Scottish economy."

Street view_of_Glasgow_2014_Atheletes_Village_August_5_The Glasgow 2014 Athletes' Village promises to be a “home from home” experience

The employment opportunities created by the Athletes' Village has also been backed by Gordon Matheson, the leader of Glasgow City Council, who said it would play a key role in the regeneration of the East End of the city.

"The development will see many places for new entrants to the job market, alongside young people developing their career skills through our Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative," he said.

Land remediation work for the Village started in August 2009 and is expected to complete by January 2014.

The work is being carried out by Glasgow City Council with the full involvement of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.

"We look forward to the Village being at the heart of the Games," said Glasgow 2012 chief executive David Grevemberg.

"It will be a welcoming home from home for the athletes of the 71 Commonwealth nations, regions and territories who will be coming to Scotland and a facility that will provide a great legacy for the city."

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