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New colleges to train young talent

Apprentices from across the country, needed to fill thousands of future skilled jobs in the wind energy industry, are to be trained at a new multi-million pound college based on the Humber. The plans were announced during a visit to the region today by the Business Secretary Vince Cable. He also revealed that a new college to train young talent in highly skilled engineering roles will be based in South Yorkshire. Fiona Dwyer reports.

Business Secretary announces new National College of Wind Energy for Humber

The Humber's credentials as the UK's green industry capital has been further enhanced today with the news that a national wind energy college is to be based in the region.

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced this morning that the new multi-million pounds development will be based on the banks of the estuary.

Because of the huge investment in renewables around Hull, including the Siemens factory, the city is likely to be a strong contender to land the new college. Other possible sites could be around the BAE facilities at Brough and Grimsby.

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Cable announces new national wind energy college

Business Secretary Vince Cable will announce today that a new national wind energy college will be based in the Humber.

No location has yet been revealed for the facility, which will cost tens of millions of pounds, but sites are being considered on both banks of the estuary.

The scheme, which will train thousands of young people, will be funded by employers and with a government grant.

“It is excellent news for the region that our bid to establish a National College for Wind Energy in the Humber has been successful.

“This is a major step forward in achieving the ambition we set out in March for the Humber to be the national centre of excellence for energy skills, and builds on the other investments we are making in training facilities.

“We worked closely with government, industry and education to develop the national college proposal, which will focus on delivering excellence in teaching, learning and assessment, underpinned by quality standards set by employers to reflect the sector’s skills needs.”

– Lord Haskins, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

Huddersfield Railway Station praised as one of the nation's finest

Huddersfield Railway Station, which was once described by former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman as “the most splendid in England”, has been named in the top five of great stations by English Heritage.

Huddersfield Railway Station Credit: Engish Heritage

Huddersfield, which faces out across the revamped St George’s Square, is a Grade I listed building, and English Heritage deserves its place because it is “fronted by a magnificent classical portico” .

It was designed by the architect James Pigott Pritchett and built by the firm of Joseph Kaye between 1846 and 1850.

The station is well known in architectural circles for its classical-style facade, with a portico of the Corinthian order, consisting of six columns in width and two in depth, which dominate the Square.

There are currently six platforms in use, with TransPennine and Northern services using the station. Figures released last week show it was used for more than 4.6m journeys last year.

Young people highlight dangers off-road biking

Young people from Ravenscliffe Youth Centre in the Eccleshill area of Bradford are producing a film to highlight the dangers of off-road biking.

Off-road motorbiking Credit: Press Association

The filming will be completed in early December 2014, when young people will take part in their third and final day of filming on location.

All aspects of the film have been made by young people at the centre; from the script writing and planning, to the filming and the acting. The project has been run by Bradford Council in conjunction with Void Arts.

Young people chose the issue of off-road biking as it is one that affects young people in their community.

The project has been developed over a number of months. It began originally during the Anti-social Behaviour Week in July where the prime focus was around off road biking within communities.

The young people who have produced it will gain accreditation for their involvement and will be awarded certificates for taking part.

The film will be showcased in the New Year once the editing and final version is complete. Once complete, it will be available on Youtube and will be used to raise awareness with other youth groups as a way of prompting discussion of this issue.

"Young people have been involved in every aspect of making this film and have learnt new skills, gained confidence and made friendships along the way. It's great that they have decided to do something about an issue that affects them which will also be used to help other young people."

– Nicky Lannen, Senior Youth Worker for Bradford Council,

"I'd like to commend the young people who have taken part in making this film. It is a positive project where they have taken the initiative and are trying to tackle an aspect of anti-social behaviour that affects them and their local community."

– Coun Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Children's Services

"Illegal off-road biking is an activity that can be dangerous and which can cause serious nuisance to communities. It's great news that young people are raising awareness of the problem amongst their peers."

– Coun Imran Hussain, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council

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Whitby tidal surges: Residents still recovering one year on

It is a year to the day since a tidal surge devastated hundreds of homes and businesses on the east coast.

Residents said they had seen nothing like it since the great floods of 1953 in which hundreds died.

This time - with much improved sea defences - there were no casualties. But many are still recovering from the after effects of the day that the sea engulfed them

Chris Kiddey reports from Whitby.

Yorkshire homes to benefit from flood defence funding

Up to 75,000 homes across Yorkshire could be set to benefit from a £266 million pound flood defence programme for this region announced by the government.

Leeds is one of fourteen hundred schemes to be earmarked for the six year programme with up to forty million pounds of investment , while Wakefield gets nearly £17 million and Skipton nearly £14 million.

It is understood the programmes in central Leeds and an £80 million plan for the Humber estuary are due to begin by April 2016.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said today that money will help homeowners and also bring new business to some parts of the region.

Christine Talbot spoke to Dorothy Fairburn of the Country Land and Business Association in the North which represents land and business owners here and I asked her if this news is as good as it sounded:

Hull tidal surge: One year on

The announcement today that £80 million would be spent on tidal defences in Hull comes a year after the city, and much of the coastline around it was devastated by floods.

Hundreds of people were forced out of their homes by a combination of strong winds and high tides.

Our reporter James Webster has been back to some of the areas that were worst affected:

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