The government is today (14 July) publishing a report from its Green Jobs Task Force setting out how to get to Net Zero while ensuring a just transition of labour and skills into green jobs from more carbon-intensive industries. The Taskforce is made up of industry figures, experts, and trade unions and was commissioned by the government earlier this year to suggest policies to help manage the impact of Net Zero on the UK workforce. The report makes a number of recommendations along the themes of: Driving investment in net zero to support good quality green jobs in the UK; Building pathways into good green careers; A just transition for workers in the high-carbon economy; Of particular importance would be the establishment of a UK-wide body with “national representation to ensure momentum and coherence on workforce transition, including progress in delivery”, recommendation 5, which would help put a Just Transition at the heart of UK policy-making and place trade unions and workers firmly at the centre of this process.
Prospect 14th July 2021 read more »
Independent Green Jobs Taskforce issues call to action on how the UK can deliver a green industrial revolution with government, business and the education sector working together. Independent Green Jobs Taskforce issues call to action on how the UK can deliver a green industrial revolution with government, business and the education sector working together – declaring every job has the potential to become green; UK government reaffirms its commitment to supporting workers as our economy transitions to a low carbon future with a package of green skills programmes, helping adults of all ages gain the skills needed to progress into green jobs; today’s steps vital to support the government’s ambition to create 2 million skilled green jobs by 2030 and build back greener from the pandemic.
BEIS 14th July 2021 read more »
Group convened by BEIS and Department of Education has published its wish list for how government can help rapidly expand the UK’s ‘green’ workforce. An independent taskforce convened by the government last November has assessed how the UK jobs market and skills sector should adapt to support the country’s 2050 net zero ambition and concluded that every job in the UK has the potential to be green. The Green Jobs Taskforce has this morning published its final report, setting out 15 recommendations for how the government, businesses, and the education sector can work together to support UK workers in the transition towards a low carbon future. Among the recommendations in the report trailed yesterday are proposals for Ministers to set out how they plan to boost the UK’s pipeline of ‘good’ green jobs, skills, and competitive supply chains in the forthcoming Net Zero Strategy, which is expected to be published ahead of the COP26 Climate Summit this autumn. The report also calls for greater public investment to decarbonise and retool UK industry and supply chains, and for UK green recovery spending to be scaled up in line with G7 peers and extended to 2030. And it sets out proposals for a new national body tasked with ensuring the climate transition delivers jobs across the country and ‘leaves no workers behind’ as carbon intensive sectors are transformed. As such it recommends that employers consult their workforce when making net zero transition plans and broker transition agreements with workers and unions.
Business Green 14th July 2021 read more »