A major new industry-wide consultation has been launched to ensure that the UK has the necessary skills base for delivering a low-carbon economy in the coming years.
The consultation is being run by ECA, in association with the BESA, REA, STA and the Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP). It is also being supported by an array of bodies from across British industry.
A number of recent reports have indicated that hundreds of thousands of green jobs could be created in the coming years. The consultation will play “a pivotal role” in understanding the current state of play, and what steps businesses and the government need to take to ensure there is a skilled workforce available.
ECA energy advisor Luke Osborne said: “It’s vitally important that the skills base exists to deliver ambitious plans for a green recovery and a low-carbon economy in the UK. This consultation aims to understand the state of play, and what actions are required to ensure skilled and competent people fill the likely major expansion in green jobs. ECA urges businesses from across the industry to complete this important consultation”.
BESA director of training Helen Yeulet said: “This important survey will provide insight into the practical obstacles to solving not only the current skills crisis but how to ensure we have the capacity to deliver a green recovery in the built environment.
“We suspect SMEs are struggling to access the Apprenticeship Levy in order to recruit or retain apprentices, so this will survey will help us gauge whether there is the appetite and budgets within businesses to enable the required upskilling and reskilling to happen.”
The consultation is open until Friday 14 August.