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Chancellor promises cash for training


Chancellor Alistair Darling has promised more than £60 million over three years to provide new training opportunities.

He pledged the money as part of his first Budget and said it would go to help workers learn new skills and support the National Skills Academies programme.

Academies will open around the country, which encourage young entrepreneurs to learn from the experience of industry experts, rather than from academics.

Entrepreneur Peter Jones unveiled the government's academies plan, saying: "If the UK economy is to continue to grow, we need to create the right learning environment for all our children, where their talents can be developed so they can go out into the workplace or business and prosper."

The chancellor's growth predictions were less positive. He predicted the UK economy would only expand between 1.75 per cent and 2.25 per cent this year. Growth could then rise to 2.75 per cent in 2009 and three per cent the following year.


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