Why new green skills could stimulate skills and the Scottish economy

With a target of Zero Scotland in 2045, the new Green Works Academy aims to change the skills of everyone to do their part, writes Frank Mitchell, Scottish Development Scotland Chairman and CEO of SP Energy Networks.

None of us need to look far to see the effects of climate change on the world around us. But how many of us stop considering the impact of our work now?

The Scottish government wants a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, a change in the economy and society, but it is also challenging and offers significant opportunities.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) on behalf of the Scottish Government to help people move to a greener approach to their careers is now available to help people realize those opportunities in the first place. Train and learn new skills to find a new job.

Scotland needs more skilled people in a variety of fields to reduce its carbon footprint and create environmentally friendly solutions if it wants to meet its net zero demand.

In many key areas of Scotland’s economy, there are already opportunities for highly skilled people. This covers emerging industries such as energy transfer and low carbon transportation, as well as other sectors that are fundamental to our economy.

Not only the technical skills related to those jobs, but also the basic meta-skills that employers reward the most, such as critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, coping, flexibility, leadership and communication.

All industries are changing for the better, allowing us to use natural resources differently and create people who are environmentally friendly solutions to our problems.

Frank Mitchell, Chairman of Scotland Development and CEO of SP Energy Networks

My own work as CEO of SP Energy Networks is an example of this. As Scotland’s energy needs are met by renewable energy sources, we need to change not only the infrastructure it provides but also the skills base of our staff.

Every community in Scotland has a role to play in achieving the net zero goal and it is important that all are represented in an inclusive approach to green work.

Our aspirations can only be achieved if they are actively involved in this economic and environmental agenda. That is why the Green Works Academy is such an important step.

It makes it easier for people from different backgrounds to consider how their skills and experiences can be developed to start a green business.

For some people, working in greenery and contributing to climate change may be enough.

Other people may reach a crossroads in their working life – perhaps because of poverty or a career break – and see how they can improve their prospects.

There are those who need to improve their skills in order to get a high-paying job. Regardless of the initiative, the Green Workforce Academy provides the information and guidance needed to make the right decision.

Anyone can learn about green jobs and how industries are becoming greener. You can also explore training courses and activities that will help them develop their green skills and advance their careers.

This is based on the SDS Professional Services, where professional counselors can provide one-on-one professional information, advice and guidance.

The first Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan, published by SDS last December, is one of the launch of the Green Workforce Academy.

The plan identified a range of priority areas for employers, education and individuals to help Scotland find employment opportunities from net zero transition.

Other steps in the plan include new work-based learning approaches, including the establishment of a green work skills center that will transform the number and type of green jobs needed into the skills system over the next 25 years.

As we approach the crucial chapter of COP26, it is not surprising that such activity is in focus, but these measures are short-term and long-term.

If we want to meet our net zero goals, we need to get it now and I encourage everyone to learn more about how they can play their part.

Visit greenjobs.scot to learn more

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Scotland’s net zero trip changes every aspect of our lives

Scotland was one of the first countries to declare war on the world, but we know that words are not enough.

That is why we are boldly taking steps to address this challenge and to stop contributing to climate change and become at least zero by 2045.

Herald Scotland

This journey changes every aspect of our lives — how we live, work and travel.

Scotland has great potential to grow our economy and improve our health and well-being, along with protecting and improving Scotland’s natural environment.

We know that the pace of change varies between sectors and that is why we have identified five priority sectors, including energy transfer, transportation, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and land use.

We are committed to investing in the zero-based transition to equity and the skilled manpower we need for the future, so that no one is left behind.

We are committed to creating new green jobs and giving people the opportunity to gain new skills and training.

Herald Scotland

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And fair work

The principles of justice are based on the transition to a zero-zero economy.

That is why we are investing in our manpower by supporting people to practice and re-practice, and to help the labor market meet the challenges and opportunities that will come in the years to come.

Our skill system must continue to deliver flexible, efficient and responsive and robust results.

It must also reflect the needs of individuals, understand the changing requirements of the skills system, and respond effectively by taking appropriate interventions in place.

Climate Disaster Skills Action Plan outlines how we can adapt our skills system to business needs to reach a net zero.

It outlines how we can work together to develop our workforce and attract, develop, and support the right people with the right skills.

This week, the Scottish Government inaugurated the new Green Workforce Academy.

Presented by Skills Development Scotland, part of our national skills, this will help people take a green approach to their careers from training and learning new skills, to finding new green jobs.

The new greenjobs.scot site provides information on jobs in areas such as renewable energy, construction and transportation.

It primarily leads to the process of identifying individuals of all ages and skills needed to develop.

Skills Development Scotland is providing an online resource for employers to share information, show leadership and support the development of good, green jobs.

I look forward to working with people across the country to deliver our fair transition needs and create a highly skilled workforce suitable for the future.

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