MORE than three million manual workers will have to retrain to meet Boris Johnson’s green targets, experts warn today. In carbon-heavy industries such as building nearly a third of employees will have to be taught skills for equivalent roles in a net zero future. Brickies and bus drivers are among those who may have to learn to adapt if the UK is to meet its commitment to decarbonise industry completely by 2050. Think-tank Onward reckons 3.2million workers could be left behind without “radical” policy action now. It calls for new apprenticeships in green industry and “net zero academies” for regions with most high carbon jobs such as the North East and East Midlands. The organisation also wants to see tax credits for firms training workers in new jobs.
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