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
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.
The Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, is spending the day on Tyneside to discuss climate change.
He'll visit Biddick Hall estate in South Tyneside, where homes have been refurbished to help make them more energy efficient. They're part of the 'Warm Up North' project, which is installing insulation and replacing boilers in up to 15,000 properties across the North East.
David Miliband MP will be in South Tyneside today to open the new headquarters for Utilitywise.
The Energy and Utilities consultancy firm plans to create 200 new jobs by the end of 2012 - doubling in size.
– Adam Thompson, Utilitywise Chief Operating Officer
As a company born out of the region, it's rewarding to be able to create decent jobs for people on Tyneside.
Graham Kennedy of the Offshore Group Newcastle says the offshore market for wind turbines is buoyant and 6,000 will be needed in the next few years in the UK sector.
OGN in Wallsend has received a government grant to build a prototype of a new foundation for offshore wind turbines. It wants to build a new factory to mass produce them by 2014, bringing up to 1,000 new jobs.
A firm on Tyneside expects to create one thousand engineering jobs by 2014.
Offshore Group Newcastle, in Wallsend, has received a government grant to make a prototype of a new foundation for offshore wind turbines.
OGN then hopes to build a factory on North Tyneside to mass produce the new technology.
The black and yellow structures in the artist's impressions are the wind turbine 'jackets' which the company produces.