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Jobs will be at the foremost of many people’s minds after the news of £310m investment by Siemens and ABP.

The effort to make sure that both direct jobs and those in the supply chain go to local people and that we create a local workforce that will help to attract even more investment is underway.

Strong partnerships with local authorities, the University, FE and Sixth form colleges, training providers, employers and agencies such as Jobcentre Plus and Skills Funding Agency have been created to deliver programmes that help to develop the Humber workforce.

Freedoms and flexibilities secured in the Hull and Humber City Deal maximise the opportunities linked to growth in the offshore wind and green energy sectors.

The programmes will include:

–       Work to establish the Humber as a centre of excellence for renewables skills. The government will support an additional 1,500 adults to take up relevant courses over 3 years, with 760 additional people qualified to level 3.

–       To incentivise training providers to help people into work the Humber LEP and city deal partners will be part of a national pilot – working with BIS and the Skills Funding Agency – to develop and implement a payment by results pilot for the Humber.

–       This will run alongside the Springboard Programme to reduce youth unemployment across the Humber, encourage increased investment in skills by local employers through a Humber Skills Fund and improve careers information and advice through a Humber Hub.

Mike Parker Chair of the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board said:

“This announcement further drives the successful partnership programmes we deliver as part of the Humber employment and skills strategy, which will enable the people in the region to take advantage of jobs created either directly with Siemens or in the supply chain.

“These partnerships include the University of Hull, FE and sixth form colleges, private training providers, employers and agencies such as Jobcentre Plus and the Skills Funding Agency working together on programmes, including those through the City Deal to build our capacity as a centre for excellence for renewables skills, incentivise training providers to help people into work and help remove the barriers for young people to get into education and employment.

“This means we can ensure the region offers the right education and training courses to support local people to access jobs for businesses already located within the Humber, and attract those businesses that are looking to invest by the supply of a trained and skilled workforce.”