More than just an engineering and technology business … Introducing 10 interesting facts about Siemens
Aside from providing energy services and innovative technology across the globe, employing over 14,000 staff in the UK and being one of the top five UK engineering employers, Siemens is a business that continue to innovate, support entrepreneurialism and the wider societies it operates in within the North East, UK and beyond.
With an active role in the region and across the globe, creating resilient cities and communities through the art of electrification, automation, energy and digitalisation, here we provide a list of top 10 interesting facts about the pioneering business.
Siemens Top 10 Facts
- Supporting Entrepreneurialism and SME’s for over 170 years – Founded by two brothers back in 1847, entrepreneurialism lies at the heart of Siemens, which is why supporting SME’s and encouraging their staff to innovate and think like entrepreneurs is a key priority. This has been reinforced by the businesses rebrand promoting ‘ingenuity for life’ to their key stakeholders.
- Adopting an influential role within the North East community – Supporting the local community has always been high on the businesses agenda with Managing Director Graham Hartley of Siemens Power Generation Services in Newcastle adopting a number of key roles to support entrepreneurialism and regeneration. These have included chairing Newcastle University’s Captured Steering Group, a programme aimed at supporting SME’s, alongside being Chairman of charity Groundwork UK, whose aim is to develop local communities, making them more sustainable.
- A top employer with over 14,000 staff in the UK and 2,000 staff in the North East. Recruiting over 14,000 staff in the UK with 2,000 of those based in the North East, Siemens is also one of the top five UK engineering employers and in the top 100 overall for employing graduates. In Newcastle Siemens has also invested £9 million in a state of the art Training Centre.
- Responsible for generating 50% of the UK’s wind energy – Aside from producing wind turbines, the Siemens’ renewables service team based in Newcastle is responsible for servicing half of the UK’s offshore wind farms.
- A global reach – Powering communities around the world – Siemens not only powers communities across the region and UK but also across the globe, supporting energy generation in countries including Egypt, Iraq and Canada.
- Going Green – Siemens understand the challenges of climate change and global warming and have operations in place to reduce emissions in all greenhouse gases, becoming carbon neutral by 2030. They also remain committed to recycling 98% of all their waste.
- Transportation – Did you know that around 370 trains are maintained by Siemens in the UK?
- STEM and The Curiosity Project – Investing in the future of engineering and technology is a key priority for Siemens and is why the business has committed £12million in a range of educational projects. The business is also taking a proactive role with training, work experience and promoting the role of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to school children. With over 500 apprentices currently undergoing training at Siemens, they have also launched UK-wide engagement programme, The Curiosity Project, to promote engineering careers to children, their parents and teachers. The business is also addressing the gender gap in engineering through their SeeWomen programme, promoting the role of female engineers and STEM related careers.
- £3 million in charitable giving each year – Siemens has donated over £3million per year including cash, volunteering time and gifts-in-kind to charities throughout the year with 10% of employees committed to donating a percentage of their payroll cash each month to worthy causes.
- Investing in research – Committed to staying at the forefront of innovation and technology and to provide the best services and products to their local communities, Siemens is involved in UK research projects of up to £200 million, partnering with a number of leading universities and research facilities across the country.
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