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Supporting the next-gen of green industry leaders

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Visiting schools to discuss environmental issues has many benefits and is positive for the green industry to attract talented, skilled people needed for the future. The interest in sharing green skills is growing, but how can we make the industry more appealing and encourage more people to pursue a career in the green industry?

In recent years, the demand for visiting professionals to run a lesson, assembly or activity on sustainability has grown considerably. As valuable as these activities are, we require an engagement programme aligned with the core curriculum at all stages across all subjects. This process should place green science, the environment and sustainability, and the opportunities and technologies at the core of education for the next generation. One of the main priorities of the UK Government Green Jobs Delivery Group is determining the scale of opportunities available for jobs and skills in the green industry and developing example career pathways for the next generation to follow. We need to display that the skills required (IT, engineering, communications, creativity etc.) are in significant demand and offer well-paid and rewarding careers. The Green Jobs Delivery Group is encouraging more ambassadors to highlight the opportunities available in the industry. 

We must put our skills and sector requirements into the training plans for tomorrow. To achieve our ambitious climate targets, the UK must accelerate the deployment of renewable energy. Critical to realising this goal is creating a pool of green talent with the skills and passion supporting us on our net zero journeys.

The renewable energy industry is responding to these targets with positive steps. For example, SSE is investing £24 billion in net zero infrastructure by 2030 and developing 1,000 new green jobs annually. Investments like this mean the government predicts 480,000 jobs will be created by 2030 in renewables, but there is a challenge to overcome.

The UK faces a STEM skills deficit, and the green industry competes for this small talent pool. Tackling these challenges to find green talent requires solutions supported by policy and leaders within our industry. Despite recent years showing positive figures for enrolment in STEM courses at UK universities, the industry continues to face a battle to fill job vacancies to deliver more clean energy in the coming years.

To manage short-term challenges, creating a mobile global workforce is critical. We must welcome new talent that can support and help us progress with renewable projects through a skilled and diverse workforce. Government policy is vital here to ensure this happens, and businesses can support this further by allowing global mobility and assisting employees with work visas.

We can also utilise the skillset from other industries, reducing the dependence on upskilling. Energy, engineering and tech professionals have the critical skills to accelerate the development of solar, battery and other renewable energy projects. With studies showing that over half of the younger generation believe in ESG credentials when choosing a career, it’s likely that more people will transfer to green jobs, and employers have a responsibility to support this transition and retention by meeting the requirements of people.

Looking beyond 2030

There is a responsibility from the public and private sectors to educate the green workforce of the future and for the government to take further action to improve STEM opportunities for young people. Meeting the net zero 2050 targets will require approximately 500,000 additional people working in the energy industry. Without this talent, achieving these targets will be unrealistic. The next generation of professionals’ career paths will be defined by investment from the government and businesses. Emerging markets will inevitably increase the demand for STEM skills by 2050, so a public-private strategy must be in place to train new professionals and integrate flexibility and resilience in the workforce. We face a climate challenge that requires immediate action in the shape of a green skills strategy to ensure a path toward net zero.

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