The Grimsby Institute is celebrating an award of £2.48 million by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership under the Growth Deal for the development of an Environmental Learning Logistics Hub in North East Lincolnshire.
The Environmental Logistics Learning Hub will cost a total of £7.5m, demonstrating the Grimsby Institute’s commitment to the growth of our region, and will lead in the development of new ports and logistics courses to plug the skills gaps that have developed in our region, arising out of the growth of the Renewables sector.
The investment currently being seen in the region in offshore wind, coupled with local and national skills shortages, has brought about a need for expansion of training in our region, notably in Engineering, Logistics Management, Driver and Operator Training and Material Handling.
This will be an industry grade training centre, with demonstrator plant and equipment, as well as digital simulators and modern training to prepare and develop the future workforce of the Humber. Andrew Goudie, Grimsby Institute’s Executive Director of Projects, explained:
“The development of the Environmental Logistics Learning Hub will directly contribute towards the UK’s Energy Estuary vision, as a primary port for investment, economic growth and prosperity.
This is an exciting development which will make a direct contribution to the Local Enterprise Partnerships’ vision, as well as demonstrating the Institute’s commitment to respond to employers needs and prepare people locally for employment opportunities in growth sectors.
The Grimsby Institute continues to invest in the expansion of technical and vocational skills to benefit our local economy, working to improve employment opportunities for young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) through the expansion of Traineeships and Apprenticeships, coupled with work-based training and Higher Level skills through Foundation Degrees.
Sue Middlehurst, Principal & Chief Executive of the Grimsby Institute Group, added: “We appreciate the support of the Humber LEP in getting behind our vision, co-investing with the Grimsby Institute as part of our commitment to skills and employment in our community”.
This development demonstrates the strength of partnership, in seeking to develop NE Lincolnshire as a Centre of Excellent for renewable energy services and logistics. The demands of the emerging sectors make a call for step change in provision to support Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) opportunities in the South Humber.
The Logistics Hub will be a purpose built training facility with digital simulation, as well as simulated industrial environments to prepare and help develop the workforce for the future. The objective of the Environmental Learning Logistics Hub is to:
- Increase the capacity, capability and competitiveness, by improving skills development and labour supply in our region
- Establish the Humber as a prime OEM hub for renewables, by developing logistics, renewable, STEM and environmental technology skills training while growing Traineeships, Apprenticeships and developing new Higher Education programmes to match local, regional and national needs
- Tackle the skills deficit, by developing a vocational OEM logistics training hub, with exemplar training facilities, integrated advisory services (IAG) and education/business links to promote the careers and job roles arising out of the Humber ports
- Develop industrial partnerships to improve co-investment in skills, through genuine partnerships that improve the skills-eco-system.
- Develop the Further & Higher Education and employer links on research and development, to improve e-logistics, business innovation and world class provision, working through both our own HE provision and collaboratively with the University of Hull, TEAM Humber Alliance and local industrial partners.