£500,000 facility for Siemens' staff at Hull College

£500,000 facility for Siemens' staff at Hull College

A £500,000 investment has seen Hull College Group open a new state-of-the-art facility, which will be used to train Siemens’ wind turbine blade factory workforce.

The former construction skills facility has been converted into one of the only two centres within the UK which specialises in manufacturing skills using composite materials.

Hull College principal Graham Towse also revealed plans for a further £700,000 investment in facilities to make it a centre of excellence in manufacturing, using composite materials for other industries and employers.

Mr Towse said: “We’re delighted to launch this facility and showcase the transformation we have seen here as a result of the investment we have made in remodelling and equipping the centre since our training partnership with Siemens was announced last September.”

All 800 operational staff from the blade factory will begin their first stage training at the new facility over the next 14 months.

“The UK composites market is worth about £1bn to the British economy and composite materials are key to a number of important and growing industries, such as wind power, aerospace, automotive and marine,” added Mr Towse.

“We see a significant opportunity to establish a UK-leading training facility for these sectors here in Hull.”

Carolyn Woolway, Siemens’ Head of Human Resources for the Hull project, showed her support, saying: “We’re pleased that our £1m contract with Hull College Group for the first stage training of our blade factory workforce is acting as a catalyst for further investment in facilities that will build local skills and deliver additional benefits for the local economy.”