Power company brings city centre jobs boost

07 Feb 2011

Renewable energy company Scottish and Southern Energy are set to create hundreds of new jobs at their new £20m building, One Waterloo Street, which overlooks Central Station in the heart of Glasgow.

A major jobs boost is on the horizon for Glasgow's own Wall Street on the Clyde.

Hundreds of workers are to be hired after an electricity and gas giant opened a renewable energy division in the city's International Financial Services District.

Scottish and Southern Energy has already moved 200 staff from two other city sites into the nine-storey One Waterloo Street, which overlooks Central Station, after spending more than £20million on the new building.

Power chiefs are using it as the launch pad for their new Centre of Engineering Excellence for Renewable Energy, which has already been given a £2.8m grant from the Scottish Government.

The flagship centre was officially opened by Scotland's Secretary of State Michael Moore, and already SSE officials are planning to double their workforce. They expect to recruit another 150 new starts by the middle of next year with dozens more to follow in the years ahead.

SSE is striking up partnership deals with other organisations such as Strathclyde University, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Siemens and Atkins, which will see partners generating their own mix of existing staff and new recruits.

At least 600 staff are expected to work out of One Waterloo Street in a few years time.

Source: The Evening Times - Renewable energy firm set to bring jobs boost to Glasgow.