The government is not fighting enough ‘The skill gap required for net zero – EAC

The ‘inconsistent’ government policy gap in knowledge on green jobs and essential skills is creating ‘missed opportunities’, the Environmental Audit Committee warned today (October 25).

According to a recent report, Green jobsDespite the committee’s announcement of millions of pounds for green work, it said it was “unfortunate” that the government was still making clear what ‘green work’ was and how it would assess its needs.

He said the Net Zero strategy, which will support up to 440,000 jobs by 2030, would be a ‘good opportunity’ to clarify what ‘green jobs’ are and what they are. Government green jobs and skills aspirations now need ‘detail, implementation plan’.

Delays in interpreting this information could lead to government ambitions, and the UK may not be prepared for the future, the committee said.

Keeping track of the sectors and regions where the work is needed and re-launching professional advice to reduce green work is critical to achieving our local goals.

There was a ‘lack of awareness’ in the Green Homes Grant Voucher scheme and the government was unable to engage with the sector to develop the required skills, so contractors reduced their staff while waiting for vouchers confirmation.

“We are building a clean zero economy from renewable energy sources in the North East and Scotland, engineering power plants in the Midlands and the Southwest conservation,” said Rit Hoe Philip Dunn, chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee.

“But the government’s policies on how to fill green jobs are not based on evidence. The future of human resources is deteriorating. Investments in the green economy are very exciting, but the government acknowledges that there is no information on how to achieve green goals.”

“Our report outlines how these green jobs today will be fulfilled. Monitoring the sectors and regions where the work is needed and re-launching professional advice to reduce green work is critical to achieving our environmental goals.”

The committee will repeat its previous national natural service, which will help people gain broad employment skills and build green capacity in the long run.

Education and training

During the inquiry, the committee heard that climate change and sustainability were seen as a ‘tick box practice’ in education. It says it is ‘important’ that both current and future manpower are climate and sustainable: requirements that must be met in all education and training.

To this end, the Committee recommends that environmental sustainability be included in all national curriculum and A level courses and that a continuous module be included in each work experience and T level course.

This should lead to a ‘knock effect’, increase diversity in the sector, and enable the use of skills and abilities.

He says professional advice plays a ‘major role’ in making people aware of the opportunities in the green sector.

In a roundtable discussion with the ‘youth’, the committee heard that members of parliament lacked advice and information on what to do. The Committee recommends that the National Occupation Strategy be adjusted later this year to align zero and local goals.

The EAC also found that government employment plans such as Kickstart and Restart do not increase sustainability.

With only 1% of Kickstart placements in the green sector, it looks like a filtering process is underway in the future. This is despite the promise of ‘shovel-ready’ projects such as foot and bicycle infrastructure, natural rehabilitation and energy loading.

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