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Siemens today ramped up recruitment activity for its new facilities in Hull by advertising 135 posts, the largest number of opportunities made available so far.

The bulk of the newly-advertised jobs are 120 roles for Production Operatives within the wind turbine blade factory that is now taking shape at Hull’s Alexandra Dock. There are also a range of other positions, including Maintenance Technicians and Goods Inwards Surveyors.

The newly available positions are advertised in the Hull Daily Mail, on the Siemens UK website and via the company’s social media channels.

Siemens’ Head of Human Resources for the Hull project, Carolyn Woolway, said: “Our recruitment activity is really gathering pace now, as shown by the number of positions we have made available today.

“At the same time as making new positions available we are also working through the recruitment process for previously advertised jobs, with candidates attending assessment centres.

“Opportunities are being made available progressively, with the timing closely aligned to our training plan.

“As this is a completely new industry to the UK and the vast majority of the workforce will be new to Siemens and our culture, values and behaviours, the training requirements are substantial, but we are on target and encouraged by the quality of applications we are receiving.”

Together wind partner Associated British Ports, Siemens is investing £310m to create world-class wind turbine blade manufacturing, assembly and logistics operations at the redeveloped Hull site. In total Siemens will employ around 1,000 people at Alexandra Dock, with 800 jobs in the blade factory.

Candidates who are successful in applying for the positions advertised today are likely to join Siemens from March 2016, ahead of the scheduled September opening date for the blade factory.

The majority of recruits will undergo training at Siemens’ sister blade factory in Aalborg, Denmark, and at Aalborg Technical College, in addition to initial training at the Hull College Group Composites Training Centre on Hull’s Preston Road estate. A converted warehouse at Alexandra Dock will also be used for part of the training.

Siemens stressed it was committed to workforce diversity and encouraged female candidates to apply for the jobs.

Mrs Woolway said: “Factory environments are sometimes seen as male domains, but that is certainly not the case in Siemens’ manufacturing facilities across the UK and around the world.

“Our blade factory in Hull will be a state-of-the-art facility with a range of skills and disciplines appropriate to male and female members of staff.

“As in everywhere Siemens operates, we want the workforce in Hull to be as diverse as possible and reflect the community that we work within.”

One of the newest recruits to the Hull project is Chartered Engineer Helen Villamuera, who has 20 years of manufacturing experience, and has been appointed to one of three Operations Manager posts in the blade factory.

She said: “Some roles are more physically demanding, but there is a very wide range of opportunities, including jobs that require precision and dexterity, which may be more suited to female candidates. Above all, we’re looking for people with the right attitude, a willingness to learn and a passion to be part of creating something really exciting from the ground up.

Candidates should apply for the jobs at www.greenporthull.co.uk/siemens where information on the many opportunities available with Siemens in Hull can also be found.

People can also register to receive alerts about future vacancies with Siemens in Hull at www.siemens.co.uk/hulljobs