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Will coalfields regeneration projects increase electrical course attendance?

More former miners could be inspired to go on electrical courses after the government announced plans for improving its coalfields regeneration programme.

Over the past 13 years, schemes have been taking place in former mining communities to create employment opportunities for those who lost their jobs when the pits closed in the 1980s.

However, a review by Michael Clapham revealed that there is "still work to do" to help families hit by the closures.

Housing and local government minister Grant Shapps backed the findings of the report and said that councils should take the initiative to continue the regeneration of such sites.

"It's crucial that former mining areas continue to get the support they need to move on from the devastation caused by the collapse of the coal industry," he remarked.

Many of Britain's pits were located in areas such as Yorkshire, the East Midlands and the north-east, so these regions are likely to be the focus of the regeneration projects.

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