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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 April, 2003, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Community training school expands
Experts from a city zoo help regeneration trainees
A training and education business pioneered in South Yorkshire which invests its money back into the community is being rolled out across the country.

Regen School South Yorkshire, based in Sheffield, provides training to people working and managing regeneration projects, such as city farms and recycling businesses.

The tuition is given by people involved in other successful social enterprises - businesses which plough back profit to help the local community.

Now Regen School North East is being launched in May, while there are plans to set another one up in London.

Regen School helps trainees to find funding, create business plans and increase their marketing skills on a flexible six-month training course.

Apprentices work with a mentor from another regeneration scheme.

Andy Bodsworth, Regen School director, said the scheme had been so successful because different regeneration projects were sharing their knowledge.

He added: "We are working with people from around the UK who are interested in setting up and running their own independent schools using local resources."

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