Follwing news that Siemens is to establish a major wind turbine factory in Hull, the company has confirmed the North East will also benefit from another significant jobs boost.
As the firm’s service renewables business continues to grow, around 300 jobs are to be created in Newcastle during the current financial year, bringing the total number of employees in that strand of the business to 1,000 by September.
This is the third year running that Siemens has launched a large-scale recruitment drive in response to the changing face of the UK’s energy industry.
As well as working on conventional power plants, the business services around 50% – or 5GW – of the UK’s total wind generating capacity. At its site on Shields Road, Newcastle, it also runs an energy service training centre, where the new recruits will learn the ropes.
This year’s intake will include a mix of engineers, technical support, supervisors, project managers and a site manager.
They will be involved in servicing over 50 onshore wind farms and 13 offshore wind farms throughout the country.
Richard Luijendijk, director of Siemens Renewables Service in Newcastle, said the Hull investment was “great news for the offshore industry as well as the region”.
“On the east coast there is very significant offshore wind farm development – the mega farms of many hundreds of turbines, such as Hornsea and Dogger bank, and our new plant will support these wind farms,” he said.
“Siemens Renewables service business is really delighted to be part of the Hull project and to play a role in this hugely important development. We are contributing in a number of ways. Around 40 employees from the service business will be based at the Hull site, working to support logistically and service offshore developments locally.
“The Newcastle operation and training centre will also offer support through its technicians and engineers, who are all trained at the wind power training school in Newcastle.
“We anticipate that the centre will be even busier as a result of this news. In the last two years alone we recruited over 300 service technicians and are currently recruiting around the same number this year to meet the needs of the industry and the operations and maintenance requirements of these huge wind farm developments.”
Throughout 2014, 20 new apprentices will join the company, 14 of whom will be wind turbine service apprentices. Siemens will also be investing in increased capacity at the training centre to accommodate the latest renewables technology.