Turbine to boost job hopes for students

A NEW multi-million pound college is installing a wind turbine to help boost job prospects for students.

The investment has been revealed at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, which wants to train students in an industry which could bring hundreds of jobs to Hartlepool.

A turbine, described as the size of a small car, is on the way to town in time for the opening of the new £52m college and the new academic year in September.

College bosses say it will be used by students on engineering courses along with a jet engine, helicopter and Rolls Royce which the college has already in place.

Assistant principal Darren Hankey said these were exciting times in Hartlepool with wind farms looking to be the way forward for industrial growth.

He added: “It is a massive opportunity for us.”

“We are putting a new building on the ground floor and part of that will be designated as a new skills academy. All our hardware will go in there and we have got a jet, a helicopter and a Rolls Royce.

“We will also have the hub of one of the big turbines.”

Mr Hankey said the investment had come at a time when the Dogger Bank shipping area had been announced as the place where the biggest offshore wind farm in the world would be developed.

“That is 200 miles due east of Hartlepool and we have just become a national skills academy in environment technology with Sunderland College, and Redcar and Cleveland.

“We want to be at the forefront of development especially as there are also plans for an offshore wind farm at Newton Aycliffe.

“I would imagine that this area of industry is going to be a big employer in Hartlepool and the Tees Valley in and we could potentially train thousands of students.

“These are exciting times and we want to be at the forefront of it. This is like the new coal industry for the North-East.”

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