Siemens Looking for Apprentices with X-Factor for Green Port Hull

Siemens today advertised the first apprenticeships as part of its offshore wind power investment in Hull, making 14 Advanced Apprenticeships in Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture available.

The apprenticeships programme will run for up to four years, leading to the apprentices gaining a NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Composite Engineering and BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering.

Candidates are invited to apply by March 20 and the apprenticeships will begin in September, when Siemens’ Hull blade factory moves into production.

GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above in maths, English language and science are essential, with Level 2 ICT an advantage. Siemens has stressed the attitude and aptitude of candidates will be a key factor.

Carolyn Woolway, Siemens’ Head of Human Resources for the Hull project, said: “Our vision is for our operations in Hull to be driven by amazing people at all levels and in all roles. That applies especially to these apprentices, as they are our future talent.

 “We’re expecting a very high level of interest in these positions and we’ll be looking for candidates with the x-factor – people who are enthusiastic about manufacturing and engineering, have a genuine commitment to the apprenticeships and can also demonstrate initiative, drive and the ability to think creatively.”

The apprenticeships are the first of their kind for Siemens in Europe and the company says more apprentice opportunities will become available in a variety of roles after the facilities in Hull become fully operational.

With partner Associated British Ports (ABP), Siemens is investing £310m in Hull to create a centre for offshore wind manufacturing, assembly and logistics. Siemens will employ around 1,000 people at the city’s Alexandra Dock, the majority within the blade factory. Hundreds of additional jobs are being created during the construction phase and in the supply chain.

In addition to the apprentice positions, Siemens has also advertised more than 30 new jobs in Hull, including those for Production Operatives, Maintenance Team Leads, Planners and Purchasers.

Details of the apprenticeship vacancies and other opportunities currently available with Siemens in Hull can be found at Siemens’ and Green Port Hull’s websites.

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