Environment Audit Committee, Green Jobs Report.
House of Commons 25th Oct 2021 read more »
Sue Ferns, senior deputy general secretary of Prospect and member of the government’s Green Jobs Taskforce, responding to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report into Green Jobs, said: “Ensuring that people have the skills and decent jobs to thrive is a key part of levelling-up the economy and a just transition to a Net Zero. This report highlights just how far the government is from getting this right. The report builds on the cross-party consensus of the Green Jobs Taskforce that looked at how business, communities and trade unions can work together to deliver ambitious change. We need immediate action to ensure we develop sufficient skills to match the needs of the future, and to avoid hardwiring inequality into the green economy. There will be no just transition or political dividend on levelling-up for the government unless we make sure quality green British jobs are at the heart of our plans.”
Prospect 25th Oct 2021 read more »
The government has come under fire from the environmental audit committee of MPs for its “inconsistent” policy on green jobs. The committee said that despite pledging millions of pounds to green jobs initiatives, ministers are yet to define what a “green job” is. “The workforce of the future is being undermined by a lack of evidence-based government policies on how jobs will be filled in green sectors,” said Philip Dunne, the committee chairman. “Encouraging announcements of investment in green sectors of the economy are very welcome but the government admits that claims about green jobs lack explanation and data on how the targets will be achieved.” The UK’s net zero strategy, which claims to support up to 440,000 jobs by 2030, should have been used to define and measure what green jobs are, the committee said, and called for a detailed action delivery plan.
Guardian 25th Oct 2021 read more »
Ambitious promises of a “green jobs bonanza” are at risk of falling flat amid inconsistent Government policy and a gap in necessary skills, MPs have warned. In a report out today, the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee expressed its disappointment that despite announcements committing millions of pounds to green jobs initiatives, the Government has yet to define what a “green job” is. The 16-member committee noted that last week’s launch of the UK’s Net Zero Strategy, which claims to support up to 440,000 jobs by 2030, would have been “the ideal time” to provide clarity on this.
Herald 25th Oct 2021 read more »
Net zero skills gap: Environment Audit Commitee calls for clarity over government’s green jobs plans.
Business Green 25th Oct 2021 read more »