A senior executive at one of the world's biggest firms swaps his suit and tie for a safety harness to learn about wind turbines.
Despite high unemployment, workers lack the right skills to take advantage of the jobs of the future.
An engineering firm plans to mass produce the foundations for wind turbines, creating up to 1,000 jobs
An "extreme" engineering centre will be built in Newcastle to help develop subsea technology.
The £7 million Neptune National Centre will be created on the River Tyne in the city.
The centre was unveiled by the Business Secretary Vince Cable as part of a new oil and gas strategy.
The centre will be built on the north bank of the river on Neptune Energy Park, part of Shepherd Offshore.
It is billed by Newcastle University, which is providing funds for the scheme, as a centrepiece for economic revival.
The project, also supported by Newcastle City Council, includes plans for a hyperbaric chamber capable of testing technology and materials at temperatures and pressures equivalent to those found at the deepest ocean depths.
– Vince Cable, Business Secretary
"The UK's oil and gas sector is crucial to the economy, so we've worked closely with the sector on today's industrial strategy. But its future success relies on it being underpinned by the latest science and technology.
"This cutting-edge new facility will help put our academic community and industry at the centre of subsea and offshore engineering research. It will drive up skills and develop the innovations needed to fuel growth in the North Sea."
– Professor Nick Wright, Project lead
"The Neptune Centre will create a unique facility that will significantly enhance research capacity, not just at Newcastle University but in the UK as a whole, providing a focus for the development of both new technology and academic-industry relationships that underpin future growth."
Around 300,000 more homes are likely to have been pushed into "fuel poverty" by Christmas, a campaign group has warned.
The Fuel Poverty Advisory Group says six million people are now struggling to pay their energy bills.
It comes as the industry regulator Ofgem announced a multi-billion pound network upgrade, adding yet more to the bill of every consumer.
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The Citizen's Advice Bureau is urging people who are worried about the cost of keeping warm this winter to make sure they are getting the best deal on the fuel bills, and contact them if they need help.
As part of its Big Energy Saving Week, the CAB is telling people to "check, switch and insulate", as energy costs continue to rise.
Citizens Advice in the North East is urging families and households to save money on their fuel bills during Big Energy Saving Week. People here spend less on food to pay for their other bills than anywhere else in the country. **
The service is hoping people will consider what they can do to help themselves and is using this week to call on them to consider switching energy suppliers and to look at ways to insulate their homes**
A £5m fuel poverty scheme has launched in Middlesbrough with more than 1000 homes likely to benefit from energy efficiency measures which will be installed in properties across the town’s Gresham area.
The measures are designed to lower energy bills by up to £750 a year for each house.
As part of the GoWarm Gresham project, each property, including many previously set for demolition, will receive a combination of free measures, which could include external wall or cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, boiler replacements, new heating systems and controls and draught proofing.
The project is being funded primarily by E.ON via the Government-backed Community Energy Saving Programme, which targets households in areas of low income to improve energy efficiency standards and reduce fuel bills.
An additional £300,000 is also being provided by Middlesbrough Council.
One of the most senior executives in one of the world's biggest companies has swapped his suit and tie for a safety harness to learn about wind turbines.
Tim Holt from Siemens flew over from America to find out what new technicians experience. His company has based its UK training centre in Newcastle, and has already prepared five hundred staff for life offshore.
A senior executive from one of the world's biggest firms has swapped his shirt and tie for a safety harness to learn about wind turbines.
Tim Holt from Siemens found out what's involved in servicing the technology, at his company's training centre in Newcastle. It's trained more than 500 technicians in three years as the demand for offshore wind farms has increased.
The former Newcastle United chairman, and boss of Shepherd Offshore, says training young people is the only way out of the skills shortage threatening to hamper the region's renewable energy future.