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Action around the nation;TECS

In 1997-98, 68 per cent of Training for Work participants at North London TEC got jobs - the highest proportion for any English training and enterprise council.

Five councils in the North East - County Durham and Darlington, Northumberland, Sunderland City, Teeside and Tyneside - have produced a draft regional policy they hope will help prevent skills shortages from threatening economic growth in the region.

FOCUS, the central London council which includes four London boroughs and ICI, is leading a Single Regeneration Budget project to bring homeless people into work.

The councils recently gained a pound;19.5 million 'bonus' in the performance-related funding round, - with all but eight receiving PRF money.

The Beatles Story, one of Liverpool's main tourist attractions, has gained Investors in People accreditation.

West Wales TEC is now hosting the new Learning Direct bilingual free telephone helpline providing learning and careers information and advice.

AZTEC, south west London's training and enterprise council, has won funds under a Home Office pilot initiative to help probationers with drug and alcohol problems gain access to mainstream training, education and work.

Birmingham training council, in partnership with the Birmingham Voluntary Services Council, is developing organisations in the voluntary sector funded by the Single Regeneration Budget Challenge Fund.

TECh INVEST, set up six years ago by three Cheshire TECs, links companies with appropriate sources of loan or venture capital.

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