Training cash for Washington car parts firm

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WEARSIDE car parts firm Unipres is in line to receive hundreds of thousands in Government cash.

Business Secretary Vince Cable today announced new funding to address skills shortages in the UK’s automotive industry.

Six businesses will share a £2.7million pay-out from the Employer Ownership Fund automotive supply chain competition, which firms will then match themselves.

“Through our industrial strategy we are working in partnership with the automotive sector as it goes from strength to strength,” said Mr Cable.

“Our new funding will build on this progress and help to lock in sustainable growth in the supply chain.

“On average only a third of parts going into vehicles manufactured here are sourced from the UK. With a potential £3billion in opportunities identified for UK-based vehicle and engine manufacturers, we need to strengthen our supply chain to take advantage of this opportunity.”