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Green skills are critical in creating the renewable infrastructure needed for our future

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The goal to reach a zero-carbon clean economy will require significant support through green skills, green jobs and accelerated investment in new technologies. While transforming towards a green economy will require a considerable effort, focusing on boosting green jobs are more than just a trend but a matter of urgency.

The UK Government’s ten-point plan has called for the development of 250,000 green industry jobs. Recent research by the National Grid believes this figure should be increased to 400,000 to enable the energy industry to reach net-zero by 2050.

Protecting natural resources on a large scale will inevitably require green talent. Green jobs will manage energy consumption more efficiently and focus on environmental restoration. Green industry roles can reduce waste, eliminate contamination and environmental degradation. Green industry roles can divide into three separate sections.

The first area encompasses traditional opportunities, from a renewable energy engineer to a solar PV installer. The second spectrum incorporates expertise in new and emerging areas like PV technologies, decarbonisation, carbon capture and storage systems. 

The third field includes a broader skillset required to drive the transition towards a green economy, incorporating IT and leadership skills to drive change and reach net-zero. Green industry jobs will expand beyond the common industries. Regional development of green industry jobs will span beyond large companies to smaller organisations, micro-projects and other enterprises.

Looking specifically at the engineering industry, it’s clear that numerous projects will be vital in the transition towards a clean energy future. We must develop the necessary skills and talent to meet these expectations. 

Interconnectors, for example, are a vital part of the planned projects within the National Grid. Interconnectors will play a critical role in supporting the UK to take effective climate action. In 2021, National Grid interconnectors made 2M.tonnes of carbon savings, the equivalent of planting 2 million trees.

Laying an interconnecting cable from the UK seabed to mainland Europe can be challenging. It requires specific skills and experience from engineering, manufacturer and other groups capable of managing the logistics, safety, energy markets and much more. Aside from the impact interconnectors can play in the net-zero journey, they also show the importance and creating and strengthening green skills across the UK to ensure we can deliver the necessary infrastructure nationwide.

In terms of engineering and construction, both sectors must be capable of recognising the existing challenges that influence the green skills gap. Traditionally, there have been misconceptions within both industries that deter people from exploring a career in this market. One of the biggest challenges is the historical assumption that engineering and construction are predominantly more suited for men. Changing this logic requires an ongoing and consistent effort, supported by showcasing leaders that work in either construction or engineering.

Establishing the required skills and talent within the UK workforce to support climate goals can’t happen immediately. There needs to be an accelerated focus on training and upskilling to ensure the UK is ready and prepared to innovate as the energy industry continues to transform. Interconnectors are just one example of vital infrastructure needed to work towards a net-zero future. In the future, hybrid connectors which link offshore wind farms to other energy markets present further opportunities for new talent to develop and enhance their skill set and be part of a sector that enables additional infrastructure to develop.

Engineering continues to be an innovative and rapidly evolving career choice, with technology playing a significant role in its transformation. With further urgency to create sustainable solutions to climate change, it’s apparent that industries will need a variety of talent and expertise to utilise the opportunities available on the journey towards 2050. 

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