'A once-in-a-century opportunity that we must capitalise upon' ; New LEP chief wants Humber to step up marketing message on renewables [Hull Daily Mail (England)]
(Hull Daily Mail (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) InShort Humber LEP chief executive Kishor Tailor set out plans for the Humber region to be the first thing that popped into anyone's head with regards to renewable energy.
IMPROVED links between businesses and schools are key to ensuring the Humber capitalises on a once-in-a-century opportunity, a leading expert has claimed.
Kishor Tailor, chief executive of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said he wanted the Humber to be the first thing that popped into anyone's head when they were contemplating where to go for renewables expertise, whether that be investors in the US or companies in London.
However, he pointed out the region had to step up its marketing message to the rest of the world, as well as ramping up its effort to meet the skills required to cement the Humber's position as a world leader in new technology.
In his first interview since being appointed to the role, he said: My biggest fear is that we have all these jobs coming into the Humber and then those jobs don't go to Humber people.
If we haven't got the skills, that is what will happen. That would be a disaster. The Humber has a once in a once-ina-century opportunity, so from a LEP perspective, skills is one of our biggest agendas.
If we have to train engineers we have to train them now. I've heard of careers advisers telling students there are currently no jobs in engineering, but we need to be preparing them for the jobs in the future and ensuring they have the information about real careers they want to pursue.
Infrastructure is also important; we can have glorious plans to develop but if the infrastructure is not in place it will not happen.
Mr Tailor pointed out the skills agenda was not just down to organisations such as the LEP but also the responsibility of schools, students and parents. I want to create connections between schools and businesses so each school has a business network that could provide schools with opportunities for internships, he said.
A careers adviser telling a student about jobs is one thing, but if a business is sitting opposite a parent and a child saying 'these are the jobs we want to be recruiting for', that is a very powerful message.
Speaking about the eagerly anticipated news from Siemens, Mr Tailor said: We are still confident Siemens will happen, along with Able. It has taken a long time to get to the stage we are with Siemens and the final decisions are now being made by people far removed from here. We have to recognise that takes time. But if we can secure such developments, that will be critical for what is to come.
Siemens wouldn't come here if they didn't know there was a huge market opportunity and that will be a big driver for other companies deciding to come here, too.
Mr Tailor's recent appointment to the Humber LEP is seen as quite a coup for the region, not least because of his achievements as chief executive of the Leicester Economic Partnership - a forerunner to the LEPs in their current format. While many in our region were questioning whether the area needed an LEP at all, and if it did what area it would cover and who it would include, Mr Tailor was actively helping to create jobs and attract funding.
Major achievements between 2002 and 2009 include generating Pounds 250m of investment, helping to create 5,000 jobs and supporting 3,000 businesses to grow.
And while he admits there was a lot more money then, he is confident the Turn to page 3
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