Andrew Percy

Andrew Percy

Former Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

Andrew Visits Port to Discuss Green Jobs

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Local MP, Andrew Percy, met with Goole Port Director, Matt Jukes, last Friday to discuss the future direction of the Port and the outlook for the future. ABP recently launched a Green Ports strategy for the Humber and have just succeeded in attracting Siemans to Hull where a wind farm factory will be constructed. That development will bring hundreds of jobs to the Humber region. The MP was keen to learn how this, and other developments, would impact on the port in Goole and on the creation of jobs in the Goole area.

 

Andrew Percy MP says, "The message from Matt was really upbeat, especially in light of the Siemans contract that will bring almost 1000 jobs to the Humber. This is expected to be just the start of thousands of jobs in the renewable sector across the Humber. Although this investment may seem some distance away, Matt explained that the factory will require drawing upon skills from across the Humber region. It is also expected that Siemans will be a draw for other companies in the off-shore wind turbine supply chain, and the port at Goole will be an attractive location for some of these investors.

 

I have been pushing hard for the Humber to become a renewables sector and along with other local MPs we have been working closely with developers and Ministers to help secure these investments. Last week I also secured a debate in Parliament on the potential for the Humber and I am pleased to say that the response from the Minister was very positive.

 

Siemans will be bringing a mix of jobs to the region, including some highly skilled positions. This will mean that we need to skill our young people up in this area and I have offered to work with Matt, ABP, Siemans and local schools and colleges to help ensure we develop a curriculum locally that means our young people are in a good position to get these jobs.

 

This is an exciting time for the Humber, which in contrast to some other areas, looks to have a bright future in what is going to become an increasingly important sector of the economy. We have the correct infrastructure locally as well as a history of manufacturing and so I look forward to continuing to work for more jobs to come to our area."

 

Photo: Andrew Percy meeting ABP Port Director, Matt Jukes

 

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