Siemens Hull jobs in high demand as 26k applications sent in
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Mar 2017
Siemens has received 26,000 applications for the jobs advertised for its Hull blade factory.
Jason Speedy, Siemens' Hull blade factory director, revealed the figure to guests at the Humber Renewables Awards, which took place at The Deep on Thursday night.
And he said of the 800 people now employed at the facility, 97 per cent live within a 30-mile radius of Hull.
He said: "We have always said our most significant impact locally would be in jobs and skills. Everywhere around the site you hear the unmistakable Hull accent.
"Our colleagues from Denmark, Germany and elsewhere helped to make this happen, but the people of Hull are doing it for themselves, with an enormous sense of pride."
The first blade to roll off the production line at Alexandra Dock was unveiled in December.
The following month, wind turbine components were pre-assembled and loaded out from the city, destined for the North Sea.
Mr Speedy said: "These are already generating electricity from the Dudgeon offshore wind farm."
Paying tribute to the local workforce, Mr Speedy said: "Our faith that the skills we needed would be available has been repaid - in spades.
"We've recruited a workforce of amazing people, with brilliantly positive attitudes, who have adapted superbly to their new roles."
Biomass supplier's technology and transport investments will bolster growth plans