Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

14 Jul 2021

Independent Green Jobs Taskforce issues call to action on how the UK can deliver a green industrial revolution

The Green Jobs Taskforce has published a report of its findings and recommendations today on how the UK government, industry and skills sector can best deliver the green jobs and skills of the future.

The group of individuals involved in creating this report included Sue Ferns, Prospect Senior Deputy General Secretary and member of the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group.
Active support for a diverse and inclusive workforce is a central theme of the report, with the Nuclear Sector Deal and Nuclear Workforce Assessment responsible for setting sector targets and monitoring progress.

They have issued a call to action on how the UK can deliver a green industrial revolution with the government, business and the education sector working in collaboration. They have outlined how every UK job has the potential to be a green job.

Today’s report assesses how the skills sector and UK job market should adapt to support net zero. This could be from training engineers who are building the UK’s world-renowned offshore wind farms and nuclear plants, to the retrofitters who will make homes more comfortable and energy efficient.

There are a total of 15 recommendations broken down in the report which are as follows:

1. The government should publish a detailed net zero strategy before COP26 which sets out how the UK will reach its decarbonisation targets for 2035 and 2050, to give industry, workers and skills providers the confidence they need to invest in the transition.

2. The government should use net zero policy and funding to promote good green jobs, skills and competitive supply chains within the scope of international law and trade obligations.

3. The government should work with industry to extend its green recovery programmes, directing spending towards low carbon activities with rapid job creation potential, in areas at risk of unemployment.

4. The government should work with industry, unions and other key stakeholders to actively set out, as part of its Net Zero Strategy, how it will ensure that the green jobs created by employers are good quality as defined by the Good Work Plan, regardless of skills base.

5. The government should establish a UK-wide body with national representation to ensure momentum and coherence on workforce transition, including progress in delivery. The national body should be supported by local transition bodies to ensure effective place-based strategies for the transition.

6. To address the skills gap and ensure green jobs are open to all, industry bodies and all employers in the green economy should prioritise the creation of a diverse workforce and should share best practice across the economy.

7. As part of a well-sequenced curriculum, government, employers and education providers should promote the effective teaching of climate change and the knowledge and skills (in STEM and other key subjects) required for green jobs.

8. Employers and government should work with the skills and education sector to attract and retain talented teachers to teach subjects, including in STEM, which are important for green jobs.

9. Industry, the education sector, and government, should work together to ensure green careers advice and pathways are a continuous offer for all.

10. Building on existing work to review green apprenticeships, government should map, review and enhance other training pathways (for example, traineeships, T-levels, internships and skills bootcamps) to ensure they support a diverse, inclusive and net zero-aligned workforce across the UK.

11. Building on the Skills for Jobs White Paper, industry, government, and skills providers should ensure the adult skills system can meet the challenge of the transition to net zero. This includes being responsive to local demand and supporting workers in high carbon sectors to take opportunities in the new economy.

12. Employers, industry bodies, government and unions should work together to tackle barriers to retraining and upskilling so that no worker is left behind by the transition to net zero.

13. Employers and sector bodies should set out business and skills plans for the net zero transition, engaging unions and workers.

14. To boost private investment and decarbonisation of industry, government should prioritise supporting high carbon sectors to transition and increase productivity and competitiveness, thereby protecting jobs and local economies.

15. Where local economies depend on a source of high carbon employment, government should work with local government, employers and workers to diversify local economies, recognising the safety net that is already in place to support workers.

The report sets out plans and the next steps in relation to these recommendations, highlighting a timeline of implementation for Government. This can be seen on page 73 of the report.

You can view the full report here

The official Government Press Release with comments from members of the Green Jobs task Force can be accessed here