The government has announced the formation of the Green Jobs Taskforce to support the creation of 2 million new jobs. The taskforce will be chaired by energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng and skills minister Gillian Keegan, forming a part of the government’s ambitions to build back greener. An action plan will be formed by the taskforce – which met for the first time today (12 November) – and will assess how the UK jobs market and the skills sector will adapt to net zero. The taskforce is focusing on ensuring UK has the “immediate skills” needed for decarbonisation, such as trained professionals in the offshore wind and home retrofitting sectors, by developing a long term plan that charts out the skills needed to help deliver net zero. This will help to create “good quality” green jobs for a diverse workforce, as well as supporting workers in areas such as oil and gas to retrain in green technologies.
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The group includes representatives from a host of businesses and employee groups, including National Grid, Nissan, Ørsted, BP, Tata Steel, and Barrat Developments, as well as TUC deputy general secretary Paul Novak and Prospect deputy general secretary Sue Ferns. Figures from conservation group WWF, the Construction Industry Training Board, the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, the East London Institute for Technology, Retrofit Works, and the University of Edinburgh will also sit on the Taskforce.
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