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Workers with approved electrical qualifications may benefit from new funding

Tradespersons who have taken an electrical training course could benefit from new funding being set aside by the government.

According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), £64.4 million is set to be invested in improving the economic development of a number of regions across the country.

The finance will go to nine Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), which will in turn support new initiatives in "key industrial sectors".

Business secretary Lord Mandelson commented: "RDAs are uniquely placed to help deliver our strategies for economic recovery, job creation and business success throughout the country."

The ONE North East RDA is set to receive £5 million to help businesses reduce their energy use, which could provide employment to local electricians helping to fit new energy-saving equipment.

In addition, new technology will be installed in the Stoke-on-Trent Michelin plant as a result of the funding, which may equally benefit workers with approved electrical qualifications.

BIS's main priority is to help create sustainable economic growth, it states.

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