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Residents and businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire will be able to access information on the region’s emerging renewable energy sector thanks to a new careers and information hub that will be launched by Green Port Hull today.

Picture, from left: Carolyn Woolway (Siemens), Bob Ferraby (Hull City Council) and Gill Dillon (Hull Jobcentre Plus).

Situated in Hull’s Central Library, The Hub will provide the latest updates on the Siemens and wider Green Port Hull developments as well as an overview of other renewables projects in the region – the UK’s energy capital.

The Hub will also be home to an exhibition about the Siemens development, enabling visitors to find out more about working in the offshore wind industry.

Run by the Green Port Growth Programme (GPGP) Skills and Employment Team, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and Siemens, The Hub is equipped with IT pods so jobseekers can search for employment opportunities and apply for jobs online.

Bob Ferraby, Green Port Growth Programme’s Skills and Development Lead, will be based at The Hub and will deliver the Pathway to Employment programme.

Bob explains:

“Everyone wants to know about the Green Port Hull developments and the employment opportunities available, not just at Siemens, but throughout the full supply chain. The Hub will bring everything together under one roof and we expect that it will draw a good amount of interest.

“As a city we are always facing increasing challenges within the jobs market, however with the launch of the Pathways to Employment programme we are working even harder towards improving the skillset of the local workforce and ensuring the public are able to fully access the many new employment opportunities that will become available.

“This innovative project will be delivered by a local training provider through collaborative working across the Council, Jobcentre Plus and Siemens, helping to bridge the skills gap and support long-term unemployed people back in to work.

The Pathways to Employment programme is a crucial step towards providing valuable work experience and employment opportunities with the renewables energy sector over the next three years.”

Carolyn Woolway, Siemens’ Head of Human Resources for the Hull project, said:

“As the Siemens development at Alexandra Dock progresses the demand for information from both individuals and businesses about the opportunities it presents is also increasing. The Hub is an excellent facility which people can visit to find out more about a variety of aspects of the Siemens project and other investments across the area.

“This is also yet another example of the excellent collaboration between the Green Port Hull partners and the tremendous support Siemens has enjoyed ever since our investment plans in Hull were announced. We are sure it will be a valuable asset to the city, its people and business community.”

Gill Dillon, Employer and Partnership Manager, at Hull Jobcentre Plus, said:

“We are really excited to be part of the team that will support local people in accessing the skills and training that they will need to apply for the jobs Green Port Hull will generate. Jobcentre Plus is delighted to work alongside Hull City Council and the local careers service to strengthen the support we offer, giving the people of Hull the best chance when applying for these roles.”

The Hub will be open: Monday and Tuesday, 9.30am to 5pm; Wednesday, 1pm to 7.30pm; Thursday, 9.30am to 7.30pm; Friday, 9.30am to 1pm; and Saturday, 10am to 4pm. A Siemens recruitment representative will be based at The Hub each Friday. For more information, call 01482 613875 or email greenportenquiries@hullcc.gov.uk