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Taskforce says 2m need new skills in sustainable recovery drive

29 June 2020

Calls for a New Deal for Green Skills and Growth and reskilling of 10% of the UK workforce have been issued by the UK100 Resilient Recovery Taskforce.

It states that 1.8m jobs are already in place with "green skills" and will be in greater demand, leading to more opportunities if the government supports a sustainable and "green recovery".

However, approximately 2.2m roles will need to be supported by additional training from government and industry.

The taskforce consists of mayors and council leaders around the UK, with the aim of establishing a sustainable recovery as the UK continues to ease lockdown restrictions and begins the drive to support the economy.

It hopes to influence chancellor Rishi Sunak to place sustainability at the heart of infrastructure investment, public transport and the retrofitting of buildings.

UK100 has analysed recent research by the Grantham Research Institute which shows that one job in every five in England will have an impact within the shift toward a low carbon economy.

It is calling for a New Deal for Green Skills and Growth to provide the necessary skills and training to support workers in the transition to net zero carbon emissions, which the UK government has pledged to reach by 2050.

UK100 chair and Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: "The government has a once in a generation opportunity to stimulate a green economic recovery to allow the UK to meet our net zero target by 2050.

"The chancellor's stimulus package must include measures to replace lost jobs with green jobs, retrain workers so they can access these jobs and power the new green economy both Leeds and the UK need."


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