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Siemens recently celebrated the official opening of its Energy Service Training Centre in Newcastle, United Kingdom. Lord Willis of Knaresborough opened the facility on November 22, 2011. This £8 million investment by Siemens provides a unique in-house training environment and experience for service technicians working on conventional and renewable power plants. This move has also helped put the North East firmly on the map as a centre of excellence for skills and training.
Siemens first established a training facility at the Newcastle site in 2008 to train service technicians working on conventional power plants – a business which serves the international power generation market. In 2009, a wind power technician training facility was added to the site.
Keith Hunter, general manager, Training Services, Siemens Energy Service, explained the rationale for the training centre: "Investing in our in-house capability was the best way to ensure quality and reliability for our customers."
Speaking about the centre, Graham Hartley, director, Siemens Energy Service Fossil said: "Given the North East's history and engineering heritage, we're incredibly proud to house the UK's only training centre combining training facilities for technicians working on wind farms and power plants."