1. ITV Report

Siemens jobs drive to take recruits in Hull past 500

Siemens has launched the next major phase of recruitment for its new wind turbine blade factory in Hull, by advertising 100 jobs that will take the numbers hired to over 500.

New recruits training in Aalborg, Denmark Credit: ITV News

The newly-advertised positions are for four Group Leads, seven Team Leads, three Quality Controllers and a total of 86 Operatives in the Warehouse, Maintenance, Packing, Coating, Assembly and Finishing departments. It is the second largest number of jobs advertised at one time by the German engineering giant in Hull.

The positions are the first to be made available that will see new recruits hired after the city's blade factory at Alexandra Dock opens in September, with start dates for the roles between then and November.

As the factory will then be operational, these are also the first jobs that will not require recruits to travel to Siemens’ sister blade factory in Aalborg, Denmark, for training. From September all training will take place at a combination of the Hull College Group Composites Training Centre on the Preston Road estate, at a warehouse at Alexandra Dock which has been converted into a training facility, and the factory itself.

We have had a tremendous response to the hundreds of jobs we have advertised so far and we have been delighted with the quality of applications and appointments.

We are building a team of amazing people in Hull and these latest jobs open up opportunities for many more local people to be part of creating a world-class manufacturing operation that will help to create a sustainable future for generations to come.

As we have stressed previously, we are committed to diversity in the workplace and want to ensure women make up a substantial part of our workforce, as they do in similar Siemens manufacturing operations elsewhere in the world. We will be taking part in an event on August 20 to encourage girls and women to consider manufacturing and engineering as careers. Details of this event will be published on the Green Port Hull website shortly.

The fact that these roles will not involve periods of training in Denmark may make them more attractive to women with family commitments and we really want to encourage female candidates to put themselves forward.

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