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Education and industry came together for an event aimed at readying the workforce of the future for careers in renewables.

The University of Hull hosted the session within Hull Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE). Presenters included key figures from academic centres across the region, representatives from renewables businesses and young apprentices from Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA).

Organised by Humber Education Business Partnership (EBP), the event aimed to develop knowledge and understanding of the local renewables sector, the job opportunities available and the skills and qualifications required by the sector in Hull and the East Riding.

The event was funded by the Green Port Growth Programme, which is supported by the Regional Growth Fund and has been created to establish East Yorkshire as a world-class centre for renewable energy.

Helen Wilson, General Manager of the Humber EBP, said:

“It is vital we continue to provide up-to-date labour market information to ensure those supporting young people, whether in education or later on, are given high quality, up-to-date careers advice that is relevant to our local labour market.”

Apprentices from the renewables sector training at HETA, who are employed by Centrica and Ecotricity, talked about their job roles and their routes into the sector and what their apprenticeships involve.  

This was in addition to talks by David Wells and Dr Jon Purdy, from the University of Hull, who spoke about the range of degrees that can be transferable to the renewables sector and showcased their latest technology from HIVE, which gave delegates an idea of what to expect on an offshore wind farm.

Mike Cargill, Head of Teaching, Quality and Innovation at HETA, said:

"It is important for careers advisers and teachers to rub shoulders with industry and understand how they can best prepare students to take advantage of the jobs that are on offer. HETA is a pivotal player in this process and hosting this event was just one of the ways in which we work to bring together education and industry.”

Visit http://greenporthull.co.uk/jobs-training for more information on jobs and training in the renewables sector.