Skilling up for net zero
Source: The Engineer
Monday, 5 September 2022
EngineeringUK Chief Executive Dr Hilary Leevers emphasises the vital role engineering skills play in achieving net zero and the need for more clarity around green job forecasts and skills needs.
The UK has set a target to achieve net zero by 2050, a target that can only be achieved with a significant shift in workforce skills and practices. Engineers will be essential, with many required in what are often called green jobs. But what is the actual definition of a ‘green job’?
At EngineeringUK, we’ve analysed almost 30 research reports looking at green jobs and the engineering and tech skills needed to decarbonise all sectors of the UK economy, including energy and power, transportation and industry. We’ve brought our findings together in our Net zero workforce report which found a real inconsistency around how ‘green jobs’ have been defined. That has to change. A clear and consistent definition of green jobs is needed to accurately classify them, with classifications regularly reviewed. This clarity needs to be applied to current data on green roles and the industries in which they operate and to estimates of future skills needs, so we can understand any engineering and technical skills gaps that must be addressed to meet net zero.
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