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Siemens project launched in Hull

Construction work has started on a £300million wind turbine production and installation plant in Hull, which is being hailed as the most significant investment in the Humber region for a century.

Siemens is investing the huge sum at the city's Alexandra Dock, which the company says will create up to a 1,000 full time jobs.

Experts say the region has the potential to be the a world-class renewable energy hub.

Fiona Dwyer was at today's ground-breaking ceremony:

Launch of £310 million renewable energy project

Renewable energy

Environment Secretary Ed Davey is in Hull this afternoon helping to launch the Siemens project.

The 310 million pound investment in renewable energy will create one thousand new jobs in East Yorkshire. The offshore wind turbine manufacturing and assembly facilities will be based in Hull's Alexandra Dock. And this afternoon there is an opening ceremony to mark the start of construction.

Student recruitment for North Lincs " Green College"

Recruitment for students to the North Lincolnshire's first University Technical College, which will specialise in engineering and renewables, takes place this morning at The Stem Centre, North Lindsey College.

The event, between 9.30am and midday is aimed at young people and parents.

There will be a chance to meet specialists in engineering or renewables, plus education experts from SMartWind, BAE Systems, The Institute of Engineering, University of Hull and North Lindsey College as well as take part in activities.

Work is well underway to build the new £9.5m UTC which opens in September 2015 and will offer students a unique opportunity to learn key skills, alongside English, maths and science.

The UTC will provide 600 student places and has already recruited around 60 Year 10 and 60 Year 12 students through online applications and previous recruitment events.

Fifteen students each year will be offered the chance of a lifetime to be taken on as apprentices at the new £5m BAE Systems Training Academy at Humberside Airport and will learn how to service and maintain UK fighter jets and support international export contracts.

Once qualified, they will become part of the BAE Systems team, working alongside the RAF.

The government-funded UTC for 14 to 19 year olds is being built in the heart of Scunthorpe Town Centre.

"Work is well underway on creating the region's first UTC that will provide a unique opportunity for many students wanting a career in engineering or renewables.

"This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for young people. Not only are we offering places at the College, but many students will be guaranteed an apprenticeship at the UK's leading training centre for BAE systems.

"We are really pleased with recruitment so far but there is a still a long way to go.

The event today will enable potential students to find out more about the UTC and how to apply, plus speak to those involved. This is an opportunity not to be missed."

– Cllr Liz Redfern, North Lincolnshire Council leader

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Man bailed over posting offensive video on social media

A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with an offensive video posted on a social media website has tonight been released on bail.

“We appreciate and understand the distress this video has caused and I would like to reassure residents of both West Yorkshire and elsewhere that we are taking this matter extremely seriously and progressing this investigation as quickly as possible.

“Due to the nature of this offence, any decision to charge must be taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions. We are currently preparing an advice file which we will be submitting to the Crown Prosecution Service in due course. In the meantime the arrested man has been released on bail to an alternative location.

“We are aware of strong feelings expressed by a number of people in response to this video. We would again urge people to allow this investigation to run its course and remind members of the public that we will take robust action against anyone who acts outside of the law.”

– Supt Mabs Hussain, Leeds District Police

Siemens reaches first jobs milestone

Job centre staff in Hull say they are confident the city can shake off its image of having one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

It comes as figures today revealed the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire region as a whole has the second highest rate of people out of work in the UK. That's despite improving numbers which show there are fewer people out of work than this time three months ago.

Today, the first 14 of the one thousand jobs due to be created at Siemens were advertised as part of its multi million pound investment in Hull. But as Fiona Dwyer reports the people helping job seekers say they don't have to wait for work.

Plans for national engineering college unveiled by Cable

Plans for a world-class engineering college in South Yorkshire have been unveiled today by the Business Secretary Vince Cable.

In future, there will be 400 apprentices every year trained at the National College for Advanced Manufacturing.

Mr Cable made the announcement during a visit to a training centre at Catcliffe between Rotherham and Sheffield, where the new college will be based. David Hirst reports.

Cable announces new UK manufacturing college in South Yorks

Plans for a world-class advanced manufacturing college in South Yorkshire have been announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Mr Cable announced the ambitious multi-million pounds development for a new National College for Advanced Manufacturing during a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre at Catcliffe, where the new college will be based.

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