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A wide-ranging campaign will begin at Hull’s Freedom Festival this weekend (September 5 and 6) to promote information events about working for Siemens in Hull.

Siemens is sponsoring a new element of the Freedom Festival programme which will invite children and families to get involved in a range of activities and performances that bring science and technology to life. Visitors to Queens Gardens will have the chance to become a virtual Dalek from TV’s Dr Who, host TV weather bulletins and witness a madcap “Battle of the Slime”.

Thousands of visitors to Queens Gardens on Saturday and Sunday (September 5 and 6) will be given pocket-sized information cards with details of three forthcoming careers events in the Hull area when job-seekers will be able to find out all the need to know about the jobs Siemens is creating in the city.

The Freedom Festival activity is part of an extensive promotional campaign which will stress that people interested in working for Siemens in Hull must register in advance to attend the careers days. It comes shortly before Siemens is due to begin large-scale recruitment for its new Hull wind turbine blade factory.

The campaign, run with the Green Port Hull partnership, also includes posters in council offices, libraries, leisure centres and other public buildings in Hull and the East Riding and roadside posters on key routes.

Siemens has also arranged for the careers events to be promoted strongly at Hull Kingston Rovers’ next two home games, against Wakefield on September 6 and Bradford on September 13. Siemens staff also gave the careers event information cards to hundreds of Hull KR fans who boarded coaches at the KC Lightstream Stadium to travel to last Saturday’s Challenge Cup final.

In addition, 4,500 people who have registered for jobs information on the Green Port Hull website will be contacted by e-mail and encouraged to book online to attend one of the careers events.

The events are being staged in partnership with Hull City Council, East Riding Council and Jobcentre Plus. The venues, dates and times are as follows:

East Hull

  • Tuesday, September 29, Freedom Centre, Preston Road, Hull, HU9 3QB.
  • 1.00pm to 7.00pm (Ample free on-site parking available).

West Hull

  • Wednesday, September 30, Mercure Grange Park Hotel, Willerby, HU10 6EA
  • 1.00pm to 7.00pm (Ample free on-site parking available).

Central Hull

  • Saturday, October 3, Guildhall, Hull, HU1 2AA
  • 10.00am to 4.00pm (Limited pay and display parking available).

People who wish to attend must register by going to the Green Port Hull website and following the link at www.greenporthull.co.uk/siemens

Online registration for the careers events opened on August 24 and, so far, more than 1,200 people have booked to attend.

Carolyn Woolway, Siemens Head of Human Resources for the Hull project, said: “We’re really encouraged by the numbers that have registered so far, but there is capacity for many more.

“We really can’t stress enough that these events are the very best opportunity for people to get all the information and advice they need about the jobs we’re creating in Hull.

“We also want to emphasise that people will only be able to attend if they register in advance. It will take just a few minutes for them to register and ensure they have an allocated slot. This will give people attending sufficient time and ensure the numbers are manageable so our staff and partners can give them the support and advice they need.

“It’s vital we communicate the ‘register to attend’ message, so that’s why we’re spreading the word in a variety of ways.”

With partner Associated British Ports (ABP), Siemens is investing £310m in the Hull project to create world-class and world-scale offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing, assembly, logistics and servicing facilities employing 1,000 people. Further information about the Siemens Hull project is available at http://siemens.co.uk/hull