A new pound;1.2 million technology centre opened this week in the North Yorkshire unemployment blackspot of Selby.
The centre, run by Selby College, will train 46 people a year in IT, high-tech engineering, electronics and plastics processes. Nine local companies helped the college set up courses in line with local skill shortages.
Selby has 7.8 per cent unemployment, well above the national average and twice the figure for North Yorkshire as a whole. Allan Stewart, principal of Selby College, said the centre would help both young and old: "Our priority will be people who have been unemployed for some time."