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Interest in electrical courses could grow with SME production

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) saw an increase in output over the past three months, which could result in greater opportunities for workers who have completed electrical courses.

The CBI SME Trend Survey showed that 41 per cent of businesses in this category said that production grew during the three months to July, with the organisation's SME Council chairman Russel Griggs describing it as a "bumper quarter" for such firms.

This success could lead to such companies requiring more employees, who may need to have taken electrical courses in order to operate or maintain machinery.

Mr Griggs stressed there is growing demand in the UK manufacturing sector, as enterprises try to rebuild stocks.

"Exports are leading the charge, reflecting the pick-up in global trade and the relative weakness of sterling, but firms are still seeing their profit margins squeezed because of rising costs," he explained.

Last month, the CBI noted that high street sales in July exceeded expectations, with the industry body's research showing that 51 per cent of retailers enjoyed greater sales than in the same period of 2009.

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