North West Wales Gets Tech Jobs Boost

The creation of hundreds of technology and energy jobs in North West Wales has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of Ieuan Wyn Jones as the Director of Menai Science Park.

The project, being championed by Bangor University, is aiming to join academic researchers with commercial expertise in one, as yet undecided, site. The development of the energy industry and clean technology will be the main reason as to the establishment of the science park, with everything from nuclear to biomass schemes being advanced on Anglesey. The Welsh government has already put in £10 million, with Anglesey also looking to be made into an Enterprise Zone to give company’s incentives to set up in the park.

The idea behind the establishment of the park is for Bangor University to initially set up researchers in laboratories on site, thereby attracting related businesses. The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, believes this to be a “very exciting initiative which has tremendous potential.” Whilst no location has yet been chosen, several locations are being discussed as to their suitability. Mr Wyn Jones, who has stepped down from the Welsh Assembly to take the post, is “fiercely committed to… creating a better economy for Anglesey and North West Wales.” He believes his skills and expertise will ensure the park “plays a leading role in strengthening and broadening” the economic base of the area.

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Energy Industry Receives Jobs and Investment Boost

A series of investments by oil and gas companies will create thousands of jobs, including the opening of new oil fields in the North Sea, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

There will also be new gas fields, and these new fields should provide 5% of British energy by 2015. The project, called Cygnus, is being led by Centrica and is expected to create 4,000 jobs. BP are also to invest around £60 million in order to improve academic posts across the country.

Vince Cable, the business secretary, said that the “oil and gas industry’s immense contribution to our skills base, industrial capacity and strength as an exporter are pivotal” to the economy, before adding that “collaboration between business and higher education institutions is boosting the status of the UK as a driver of innovation.”

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Wood Group PSN create 150 Aberdeen jobs

The BBC has reported that the energy company Wood Group is creating 150 jobs at its Production Services Network (PSN) division in Aberdeen.

The company is setting up a dedicated project delivery arm to the business, which they hope will help it secure and deliver large-scale North Sea projects.

Earlier this year, it was awarded a £250m contract from Premier Oil to deliver services to the Balmoral support vessel, which provides services for six oil fields.  WGPSN has taken on more than 1,000 new employees in the UK this year and currently Its UK-based onshore and offshore workforce now stands at more than 8,300.

WGPSN estimates the oil and gas project market worldwide to be worth nearly £100bn a year – of which about 30% involves brownfield projects.


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1,500 Energy Jobs to be Created in Scotland

The BBC has reported that over the next ten years 1,500 jobs could be created in the energy industry in Scotland.

Scottish Power’s recruitment announcement is reported at a time when the employment statistics continue to be a worry. The jobs are needed to complete an upgrade of the power grid in line with the government’s renewable energy targets. The investment into the power grid and an “aging workforce” mean new staff are needed.

£3 billion is expected o be spent over the next ten years in order to improve over 500 miles of power lines, giving three times more capacity to carry power through the grid. Graduate engineers, apprentices and technicians are expected to be the people targeted for the new jobs. Scottish Power’s announcement, it is hoped, will help in reducing the unemployed across Scotland.

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