Plans for wind power college unveiled

Published: Thursday 11th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A National Wind Power College is to be built near the Humber Estuary to improve the local skills base in preparation for major renewable energy investments in the region.

The planned location of the college has not yet been announced and there have been no details about the cost or specific plans for how it will be run.

Further information about the college, which is part of a national network of specialised colleges to be introduced shortly, is expected from Business Secretary Vince Cable.

The centre will provide vocational learning and support to prepare young people in Hull, East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire for a career at one of the major offshore energy and wind power projects being introduced on the banks of the Humber.

In Hull a dock is being converted into a “green port” with a turbine factory and offshore installation facilities built by German firm Siemens.

The £210 million project is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs.

Meanwhile, a £450 million marine energy park has been given the go-ahead in North Killingholme.

An industry insider has predicted that around 1,500 wind turbine engineers will be needed in Grimsby alone and the college will help to meet this demand.

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Published: Thursday 11th December 2014 by The News Editor

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