'The role of TECs in local economic development', a report by the TEC National Council, highlights the ways TECs can stimulate the growth of local business and prosperity.
Mr Hunt, said: 'This report is very timely in identifying the actions that TECs can take in encouraging the successful development of local economies, beyond their core statutory duty of arranging the government's training schemes at a local level.
'Because they are involved in the training and development of people TECs have always had a leading role in helping local economic development. All successful firms need a trained and well motivated workforce.
'Partnership is the key to local regeneration and I am pleased that this report also highlights the need for a working partnership at local level between TECs and chambers of commerce, councils, further and higher educational establishments and business support agencies.'