With a clear strategy involving government and businesses, the transition to decarbonised energy generation can create thousands of new jobs. Plenty of skilled jobs have been lost from the solar sector over the last year and we have to make sure that we do not create a skills gap that would hamper us from truly taking advantage of the potential that the green economy can provide. We need to commit to providing the right training to create a skilled workforce who is ready for this transition.
This article references the thriving sustainable economies in Germany and Denmark following their commitment to transition to a low carbon economy. At Hyperion we are very active in Germany where we are providing the best companies in the industry with the most talented individuals.
The TUC has also argued for the government’s so-called ‘energy trilemma’ – that energy is secure, affordable and decarbonised – adds a fourth pillar; skills. It argues that the UK’s green economy should work towards a system wherein apprenticeships and upskilling of workers is central, enabling jobs to be created and kept within the UK. Frances O’Grady, general secretary at the TUC called on BEIS secretary Greg Clark to “seize the opportunity” and use green technologies to deliver new jobs. “Combining climate change and industrial policy in one department is an opportunity to get a share of the US$500bn renewable energy industry for the UK. “As energy from oil and coal gets more expensive, manufacturing firms will instead invest in countries with a plentiful supply of low-carbon energy.