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The company says that it will roll out the centres across the world

Apple is building an iOS App Development Centre in Italy, which will train students to make apps for the iPhone and iPad.

The centre will be built in a partner institution in Naples, according to an Apple release, and will teach a “specialised curriculum preparing thousands of future developers to be part of Apple’s thriving developer community”.

Apple also said that it would be expanding the training across the rest of the world.

“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The phenomenal success of the App Store is one of the driving forces behind the more than 1.4 million jobs Apple has created in Europe and presents unlimited opportunities for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the continent.”

At the same time as Apple’s announcement, it was also revealed that the UK is the top company in Europe for jobs supported by iOS. The country has 242,000 jobs that are part of the ecosystem, according to a blogpost from the Progressive Policy Institute, making it first among Europe and followed by Germany and France.

The growth of iOS has led to a surge in the number of jobs provided by its ecosystem, which has risen from the 530,000 announced in February to an estimated 1.2 million today. Developers in Europe earn over €10.2 billion from selling