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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