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If next-generation broadband is to be wholly utilised in the West Midlands then the region will need to bolster its skills base.

That is according to a local business expert, who has asserted that educational establishments will be vital for helping to improve the skills that are necessary for utilising high-speed internet.

As reported by the Birmingham Post, Glyn Pitchford, the elected West Midlands Business Council business representative on the City Region board, said that employers could also play a crucial role.

Only then could IT communications help attract inward investment to the region, he suggested.

"Skills are a prime indicator dictating the economic health of a region. Presently, the West Midlands falls somewhat short in this area," Mr Pitchford told the newspaper.

"The remedy lies in the highly capable hand of the region's colleges and universities, along with employers having foresight to recognise the importance of having access to a trained workforce on their doorstep."

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