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TECs WIN£55M LOCAL TRAINING AND BUSINESS PACKAGE

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Training and Enterprise Councisl (TECs) in England will get£55m government funding over the next three years to ta...
Training and Enterprise Councisl (TECs) in England will get £55m government funding over the next three years to tackle a wide range of local development and training needs, education and employment secretary, Gillian Shephard announced today.

Projects range from AZTEC's programme of workshops to explain the benefits of new digital technologies and the world- wide web to local employers, to Wiltshire TEC's access to employment initiative for people with disabilities.

The value of these local initiatives is underpinned by the extent of private sector support - nearly three-quarters of the cost is expected to be met from local organisations.

All 74 TECs in England are to participate and the fund has already won additional backing of nearly £50m from the private sector.

Mrs Shephard said:

'TECs play a pivotal role in forging local partnerships to benefit their communities. Many of the projects have as their central theme, the concept of 'Learning for Life'. Learning is not - or should not be - something we do just at school. Local competitiveness depends on the skills of the local workforce. We learn in order to live better and we go on learning all through our lives.

'This is not just for economic reasons. Learning benefits the family where parents encourage their children to develop the learning habit; and learning new skills enriches the lives of older people who can contribute more to their community.'

Contact LGCNet on 0171 833 7324 for a summary of Round 1 bids and TDF projects agreed.

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