More jobs are expected to come to the South of Scotland to upgrade the power supply network.
The first trainees to go through a unique programme with Scottish Power are now working in the region. Nine local people were recruited for the course at Dumfries and Galloway College.
The upgrading of the network will cost 10 million pounds and it's hoped more locals will find work on the power lines.
A cable was to blame for a power cut that left around 700 homes in Hawick without electricity, Scottish Power said.
The fault occured just after 8pm last night and the company said all homeswere reconnected within 2 and a half hours.
Scottish Power has apologised for the inconvenience it may have caused.