12 Nov 2020
BEIS and DfE have launched a joint initiative to create green jobs called the Green Jobs Taskforce. Its job is to set the direction for the job market as we transition to a high-skill, low carbon economy.
The Green Jobs Taskforce, to be chaired by Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan, forms part of the government’s plan to build back greener and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. It’s aim will be to support the creation of 2m skilled, green jobs by 2030 and advise what support is needed for people in transitioning industries.
Its aim will be to focus on the immediate and longer-term challenges of delivering skilled workers for the UK’s transition to net zero including:
The Green Jobs Taskforce meets for the first time today (Thursday 12 November) and will represent the views of businesses, employees and the skills sectors and includes representatives from the Construction Industry Training Board, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, East London Institute for Technology, Retrofit Works, Edinburgh University and National Grid.
It will assess how the UK jobs market and the skills sector will adapt to support net zero, developing ideas and solutions for how the UK can deliver the green jobs of the future. The taskforce will create an action plan to inform on what support is needed for people in transitioning industries.