A national skills policy is urgently needed to ensure the UK’s net zero transition does not get derailed by a future skills shortage and offers opportunities to existing workers in the energy industry and related sectors. That is the main conclusion from the the latest edition of the Energy Institute’s annual Energy Barometer, published this morning, which reveals widespread support across the energy sector for policies that would ensure workers in high carbon industries are reskilled and are not ‘left behind’ as the transition towards cleaner energy sources gathers speed. The survey reveals an industry already in major flux, with the majority of respondents revealing they planned to undertake training over the next year as a result of the net zero transition, and just over half reporting they had already moved or were considering a move into a different part of the sector. However, almost half of respondents said concerns about the cost and availability of new training courses was hampering their skills development. Energy Institute president Steven Holliday said the findings highlighted the critical need for policy makers to make long-term investments now in skills development that would pre-empt future skills shortages.
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