National College for Wind Energy coming to the Humber
11th December 2014
A NATIONAL College for Wind Energy is to be developed in the Humber area, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced today.
Plans for the first ever facility of its kind are revealed just 24 hours after the Hornsea One offshore wind project was given the go-ahead, with Grimsby and the wider area set to benefit significantly through job creation and further investment.
More than £20 million has already been spent in Port of Grimsby alone to serve the five offshore wind farms either operational or under construction off the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire coastline.
The college will provide a 'hub' for skills, training and education initiatives, with the site yet to be confirmed.
In addition, there will be a network of partners providing education and training across the UK. The primary focus of the Humber 'hub' will be offshore wind, where a large growth in skills is needed. The National College will also provide capability to support onshore wind and marine renewables.
The beacon training facility Catch could be in the running, with space to grow and ambitious plans to match, as well as excellent motorway and airport access, just minutes from the emerging Grimsby cluster.
It enjoys strong links with multiple training partners, including University of Hull, Grimsby Institute and Humberside Engineering Training Association.
The launch of the college is the result of a proposal to Government led by the Local Enterprise Partnership and trade body RenewableUK; and is said to be key to capitalising on the enormous potential that offshore wind brings.
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