A cash boost of over £340,000 is to be invested into training unemployed people to work in Waveney's windfarm industry. There are four UK councils involved in the project of which Waveney is one of them. They are also the only local authority in an East of England partnership which includes Marine East, Lowestoft College and the East of England Energy Group (EEEGr).
BEEMS (Building European Environmental Maritime Skills) are going to ensure all the local people involved are provided with the necessary skills to work in the marine renewable energy industry . The BEEMS Project is to be led by Southampton City Council and provide Waveney with the necessary resources to compete in this fast growing market and is projected to create around 47,200 new jobs in the UK in sectors like wind farming.
Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for economic development, Councillor Judy Terry, welcomed the funding. She said: "This is excellent news. The growth of the renewable energy industry in Suffolk means there are - and will be - a great number of apprenticeship and job opportunities for local people. But for Suffolk to really capitalise on that opportunity, we need to make sure people have the right skills. Suffolk is increasingly leading the way in green energy production and I'm confident that this new funding will help us do even more."
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism & Economic Development, Councillor Bruce Provan, said: "Working with partners from the Solent region and Northern France this project will really help to ensure that Waveney creates a workforce with the skills to place us at the forefront of the offshore wind industry. The Funding will also help local small to medium businesses to play a part in the supply chain and I am delighted that the hard work which went in to this project is paying off."
Here at thebestof Lowestoft we think this is great news for Lowestoft's future. It's brilliant that there is such a great opportunity Lowestoft people that are currently out of work.