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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:


As unemployment goes up again, there are worries that we don't


have enough workers with the right skills. We need to invest in


education so that we get it rail engineers coming into our business,


so they are ready to work from the day they start with us.


After being exposed to nuclear tests, veterans are told they won't


get compensation. No city status for Goole, but


officials say the bid has helped to put the town on the map.


How the real Dad's Army made secret plans to save this this East


Yorkshire village from a Nazi invasion.


Not detailed weather forecast coming up later. -- your detailed


weather forecast. Good evening.


There are calls tonight for better training for people in East


Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who are looking for jobs. One of our


biggest private sector employers, Siemens, says people don't have the


right skills to fill their vacancies and they are having to


train people from scratch. In Yorkshire and Humber, the number


out of work has risen by 8,000 to 261,000, which is 9.8 per cent of


the available workforce. In Lincolnshire and East Midlands, the


number rose by 5000 to 187,000. That's 8.2%. The national average


is 8.4%. Some local companies say many of the people who are looking


for jobs don't have the right skills. Tim Iredale reports.


Around 1,600 people work for the global engineering giant Siemens


and its gas turbine manufacturing plant in Lincoln. Siemens is one of


Lincolnshire's largest private sector employers, and their


products are exported all over the world. The managing director admits


it is sometimes difficult to find local workers with the right skills.


Lincoln itself has very good people, very skilled. What we do not always


find immediately is people with the training. For us, we need to invest


in education so we get engineers coming in. They are ready to work


from their day they start with those.


There may be no shortage of people in the jobs market in Lincolnshire


and East Yorkshire, but the bosses of some smaller businesses claim


that many young people lack the basic skills needed for the


workplace. It is a matter of finding somebody


who has the right basic skills, and also people who have basic common


sense. One of my members told me a story that she had asked an


assistant to find the BT bill. She looked under "B." Having gone


through the whole of the filing cabinet, she filed it under "F" for


"phone." Many young people take issue with the suggestion they do


not have the right qualifications. Dan and Neil attended local


colleges before securing apprenticeships at Siemens. Do you


think you people lack basic skills for the workplace? He in my opinion,


no, because the college gives the basic skills you need to take on a


more practical role here. college at Lincoln is really good


for engineering and has really helped me out. It is the sort of


courses Siemens do themselves. the prospect of new jobs created by


the green energy expansion on the Humber, the government will come


under pressure to make sure home grown workers do not miss out due


to a lack of skills. I am joined this evening by the


Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole, Andrew Percy. We heard there from


two companies who say young people are not being trained in the right


skills. Why aren't we giving young people the skills they need for the


jobs on offer? I think we are giving them a lot of the skills


they need, but for some of these jobs, I am not sure the curriculum


is giving what we need to your people. -- younger people.


Siemens are saying that they don't have the right skills in Lincoln.


Are you worried that they will have the same problem when they bring


their huge investment to the Humber? It is a concern. We do need


people with the right skills. But employers are saying even the


basic skills are not there. Even clerical skills are lacking when


someone files the phone bill under "F." Not Lincolnshire tells me one


of the biggest problems is finding people with their right literacy


levels. Most people leave school with good qualifications, but they


raised an issue of the curriculum forcing people through. We have to


accept there are people leaving without basic skills. Your


government at downgrading vocational courses at GCSE levels,


so won't that make it even harder for young people to develop


practical skills? Are one issue I raised a few years ago are now as a


councillor locally was how we are putting a lot of people through NVQ


is as an alternative to GCSEs to massage the tables. We are right to


put some vigour into it now. We are putting more money into


apprenticeships. We are looking at studios schools, expanding those.


They will offer a much more vocational curriculum. Thank you.


Good to talk to you. Well, despite the rising figures on


the jobs front, some businesses in our region who make specialised


goods are reporting more positive news. For those firms, the economic


downturn has not been a concern. In fact, they have prospered and


created jobs. Paul Murphy has been looking at how these businesses are


surviving. Countryside Art is one of those


companies which has been left unscathed by the economic downturn.


It is continuing to expand. Here, they make designer tea-towels, oven


gloves and aprons. Simple items, but using a highly technical


printing process. It's a typical niche business.


We seem to be unaffected by the recession. We specialise in


printing that is very difficult. Not many other people can actually


do it. We have built up a wealth of experience. We can print a lot of


jobs other printers would turn away or find too hard.


Those who have monitored the economic downturn say niche


businesses are continuing to thrive. In the good times, they allow you


to do even better, and in the bad times they are a security base.


People do not have an alternative. That's what you've captured, that


vital hole that people can't go somewhere else for.


This chocolate shop owner in Beverley agrees, and says it is


about offering a product others would struggle to make.


People are looking for something different, they are looking for


something special. They work hard and their money is scarce. So they


are thinking more about how they spend it.


Niche businesses do not have to be small like this one.


It is all about offering something a bit special. It is quite simple


to print a single colour tea towel, and a lot of other people do that.


When we get into the really complicated stuff, that is the sort


of thing anyone new to printing would find difficult.


They have created seven jobs in the last 18 months, and plan to expand


further. These products require good old-fashioned skills and


expertise to make. They're emerging as the great survivors of the


downturn. What do you think can be done to


increase the chances of unemployed people getting a job? Are they


getting the right training, or maybe you are unemployed and


disagree with what you've heard. There'll be a special programme on


our economy next week. Local people and local business leaders will be


discussing unemployment and prospects for growth in East


Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. That's Our Economy, The Look North Debate


on Monday at 11.05pm here on BBC One.


In a moment: The shop owner who says businesses


in Hornsea have seen profits plummet following the opening of a


new supermarket. They say they were used as guinea


pigs to test atomic bombs in the 1950s. But today, veterans from


East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who say there has tests damage their


health have lost their battle for compensation at the Supreme Court.


The Ministry of Defence has always denied any negligence. Sarah Corker


reports. With your bags to the explosion, your eyes closed and


covered by your fists, you could see the bones in your fingers like


an X-ray. We went through something that we pray nobody else has to go


through. Trevor Butler from Hull was one of


thousands of young men sent to the South Pacific to test the atomic


bomb. Just months later he says his health began to fail. He lost the


sight in one eye and his spine is crumbling. But he watched as the


Supreme Court ruled the veterans couldn't sue the Government for


damages because they'd brought their cases too late. This court


dismisses the nine appeals. It must be bad enough for the veterans


together with those others whose claims may now be decided in the


same way to learn that they have lost this final round. I am


absolutely devastated. All years of pain, anguish. We have exhausted


every procedure in this country. The MoD has always argued there's


no evidence to show the tests were the only cause of their illnesses.


Wendy Brothers from Sleaford was in court. Her husband John flew


through the nuclear clouds and later died of cancer. It is


recognition of the sacrifice is those brave men made. They have not


had justice. There is always another way. We will find it, and


we will make it. The veterans are dying at a rate of


three every month, but many say despite today's decision they won't


give up, but they're running out of places to take their case.


And you can read more detail about this case if you go to our website.


Hull's Lord Mayor, Colin Inglis, will not be the Labour Party's


candidate for the role of police commissioner for Humberside. He's


been left off a list of nominees put together by the party.


Councillor Inglis wouldn't comment on the story.


A Horncastle man's appeared in court charged with murder. Kieran


Podd of Mareham Road is accused of stabbing Paul Richards-Jones, who


was 30. His body was found on Monday evening in the home of the


accused. Mr Podd, who's 36, has been remanded in custody. He will


appear at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.


Extra support and training is being given to student nurses who are


returning to Boston's Pilgrim Hospital. The Nursing and Midwifery


Council took the unusual step of removing students from the site


last summer over serious concerns about the standard of tuition being


given. It followed a highly critical report from the Care


Quality Commission. The CQC and the NMC say sufficient improvements


have been made since then. The Governors at a Lincoln Special


School say they won't become an academy, a move which could have


saved the school from closure. The County Council plans to close


Queen's Park School because the buildings are no longer fit for


purpose and there's no room to expand. The pupils will now be


transferred to other schools in the city which will get new buildings.


Still ahead tonight: Hull City's best win of the season puts them in


a strong position to get into the promotion play-offs.


How plans were drawn up to protect an East Yorkshire village from Nazi


Tonight's photo is an aerial view Thank you for that. This was taken


from a plane window. Good evening. Could you ask Paul to check his


barometer to see if it is upside down, somebody says. These high as


we are experiencing in Lincoln seem like lows.


I can do it tomorrow night. I do not know what the atmospheric


pressure is. I will be more useful tonight.


I thought you were a forecaster with man flew!


Let's look at the headlines. It is a similar story to today. A grey


start. Gradually, brightness will edge in from the West. Some of us


have seen some late afternoon sunshine, but the most interesting


thing and this pressure charter is out to the West. We will see rain


bearing weather systems come through on Friday night and into


the weekend. You can see where the gaps where. They pushed into West


Lincolnshire. That area of cloud will move into the North Sea. In


the short term, it will turn out to be fairly chilly. They will be a


touch of ground frost in places. Generally speaking, grey skies


again by the end of the night, with A grey start, perhaps a few bits of


Giselle, otherwise a dry day and we will see some breaks been produced


in the West. Temperatures should be a bit higher. We are looking at 12


in Hull. 13 is possible in Lincoln. The best temperatures are around


the Wash. Not bad on Friday. Some sunshine and variable cloud. That


leaves us with an unsettled Shari I bet you are a pain at home,


playing for Simba the! I am not one to complain! --


playing for sympathy. Remember that barometer.


It's just two months since a new Tesco store opened in Hornsea. It


created 170 jobs and the supermarket said it could help to


keep trade in the town. But a local shopkeeper says his takings are


being hit by up to �2,000 a week, and trade on the town's main


shopping streeet has been badly affected.


In retail terms, it's the tale of David and Goliath. The small


shopkeeper going into battle with a retail giant. But Alvin Wilkinson


fears he won't emerge victorious. It's eight weeks since Tesco opened


in Hornsea. Takings are down about �1,000 a week. I am selling things


at below -- they are selling things at below cost price. I cannot


compete with it. I get my supplies from the local wholesaler. I find


it devastating. It used to be a vibrant street and there is hardly


anybody down the street now. Tesco said they consulted the public, who


were overwhelmingly positive. thoroughly enjoyed it. I will go


every week. I will take advantage of the special offers. It destroys


the community. The street is nowhere near as busy. They are very


highly priced. They could bring their products down a bit more. It


would help. Tesco also told us there is


evidence that when they open in a town, it increases footfall to


neighbouring shops. But whereas you can park for free in Tesco, there


are charges to park near the local shops.


Today, East Riding Councillors decided those charges must stay.


The fees are to pay for maintenance and such like.


That's a big mistake according to David Bird. He remembers Tesco's


arrival in Beverley. He said traders have to shape up to survive.


You have to accept that if you allow a big supermarket to come to


a time, it will have a significant impact on other shops and


businesses, and change strategies accordingly.


Tesco is in Hornsea to stay. It remains to be seen whether the same


can be said for its independent neighbours. That is another one you


might want to comment on. The historic port of Goole has


spent the last year trying to persuade the Government to


recognise it as a city, but people living there have been told they're


not included in the list of three new Cities which has been revealed


today. They've lost out to St Asaph, a small town of 3,500 people in


North Wales, Chelmsford, which is the county town of Essex, and Perth


in Scotland. Vicky Johnson's there tonight. How disappointed are they


in Goole? Those behind the big says Goole has always been a small town


with big ambitions. Civic leaders insist that Goole was always in


contention. Even though the population is quite low compared


with transferred -- Chelmsford. It seems today the only way is Essex.


Civic leaders hearsay while they are disappointed, they set out what


they intended to do. The benefits derived from that, all free


advertising that and get will help promote the town, and hopefully


help to attract inward investment in the town. Goole has always been


regarded as rank outsiders. I took to the street to see what the


residents here thoughts about their failed bid, how disappointed they


were. You have just found out that Goole has not got city status. By a


surprise? No, we are not. Is a disappointing? Not really. The news


has come through that Goole has not been chosen. Surprise, surprise!


have no interest in it whatsoever. Some residents regard this as a


joke, but civic leaders insist they are having the last laugh. They


wanted this to put Goole on the map, and they say they have certainly


done that. Chalk this down as the result of


the season. Cardiff nearly beat Liverpool in the League Cup final,


but here was a rampant Tigers forcing an early goal. Straight


after half-time, the Tigers were at it again. To press home their


advantage, it was soon made three. Other teams are losing, whereas we


are unbeatable. If we carry on, a few more wins and draws we will be


right up there at the end. result propels the Tigers into the


play-off zone. The fog it did not excuse the sloppy start at Yeovil.


The game looked up for the Iron, and it was, until this, 20 seconds


before time. It looked a comfortable win for Yeovil. You


have to have a belief and just keep going. You never know what can


happen. It was a great goal. United The Home Guard, made famous by


Captain Mainwaring and his men, spent the Second World War


defending us from a German invasion. But documents recently put on


display show how they paid special attention to protecting one village


in East Yorkshire. Papers have been discovered showing the county's


very own Dad's Army ready had made a detailed plan to defend


Woodmansey from Nazi attack. Anne- Marie Tasker has been finding out


why. # Who do you think you are kidding...


#$$NEWLINE The classic TV series Dad's Army reflected the British


affection for the Home Guard. They were men unable to sign up for the


army but ready to fight back if the Germans had invaded. And even


though it might not look much of a military target, this was one of


their headquarters, and this a sentry post. This was done by my


dad in 19 bodies three. -- in 1943. They're details revealed in these


papers written by Prudence Blake's father, Sergeant Charles Massey. He


drew up detailed plans to protect the East Yorkshire village of


Woodmansey near Beverley, and had kept them in his loft all these


years. He read that practically all the Home Guard personnel have


access to cycles, which makes you wonder how they would defend


themselves against the German tanks. It was low-key for your sake they


never landed! Absolutely. I would not have been here.


So why Woodmansey? It was feared that if the Germans didn't land at


the coast, they'd come from the skies here ready to march on Hull.


And while there was a plan to protect the whole village from Nazi


invasion, the name of this road, German Nook Lane, got it extra


attention. Strategically, that was an important site. The idea


nowadays of Nazi invasion of a quiet rural area is a museum tours


nowadays, but back then, it was a serious threat -- is amusing to us


nowadays. So now we know this rural spot was ready to fight the Nazis.


Fascinating. Let's get a recap of the national


and regional headlines. Belgium's announced a day of mourning after


22 children died in a coach crash on the way back from a skiing trip.


As unemployment goes up, it's claimed that workers haven't got


the skills needed to get jobs in this area.


The weather for tomorrow. A grey start in most areas, slowly


brightening up with sunny spells developing later. Maximum


temperature 14 Celsis. Response coming in on the subject of


training. Darren says, my son stayed on at school, but the only


job he could get was working in a call centre. Simon said, businesses


are reaping what they have been selling for years. They wanted


skilled, experienced workers, but they have not invested in the


training required. Finally, Joe says, if the apprenticeships had


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