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Skills academy could help creative electricians

Tradespersons who have taken electrical courses and want to start working in creative and cultural industries may benefit from a new national skills academy.

Communities and Local Government - which works to create thriving, sustainable UK communities - announced yesterday (March 17th) that funding has been confirmed for a new facility worth £13 million to be set up within the Royal Opera House Production Park in Thurrock.

The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills will deliver additional training and apprenticeships that is expected to help create 30,000 skilled backstage and technical theatre staff by 2017.

Prime minister Gordon Brown commented on the news by saying: "The National Skills Academy will position the UK as a global leader in cultural skills and training; plug the creative and cultural skills gap."

It could be that electricians who want to enter a different realm of employment might be interested in taking part in one of these courses and put their approved electrical qualifications to use in the theatre.

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