Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart joined business people and energy technology training providers from across the region to launch East Riding College’s brand new Energy Technology Centre.
The Centre, which forms part of the Flemingate development in the town, offers a state of the art facility for the expanding UK energy market.
Speaking at the launch event, Mr Stuart cited the £2.8 million investment as the cornerstone of the Humber LEP’s vision of the Humber region as an “Energy Estuary” that will provide a plethora of valuable service to local firms, supporting job creation and growing the renewable energy sector.
In his speech Mr Stuart said, “In almost a decade as an East Yorkshire MP, I cannot recall a time when the prospects for Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire have felt so bright, or when there has been so much positive momentum.”
Talking about the launch of the new centre Graham commented, “This state of the art training and research centre will play a vital role in the emerging off-shore wind industry; bringing more good news on the back of the recent investment announcement from Siemens and ABP.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the energy industry flourish along the banks of the Humber Estuary, creating local job opportunities, increasing new skills and boosting the economy.”
ETC manager Richard Webster said: “There is massive growth predicted for the energy industry in the Humber region over the next decade and beyond, and it is essential that local employers are in a position to benefit. The focus has rightly been on the major developments.”