With COP26 starting in Glasgow on 31 October, and the unveiling this week of the government’s landmark Net Zero Strategy, Dorset LEP Board Member and principal of Kingston Maurward College, Luke Rake, has outlined the opportunities for growing green careers in Dorset and developing the skills needed to achieve the county’s net zero ambitions.
He said: “Our aspirations will remain out of reach if we are unable to attract and develop the human capital required for a Green Industrial Revolution.
“Whilst there are growing opportunities, a recent survey estimated that 71 per cent of children say they do not know enough about eco-friendly careers and this could stop them from finding their dream roles.
“Dorset LEP’s Labour Market Insights lays out the exciting future prospects offered by green careers pathways in Dorset. The information finds the demand for green jobs is rapidly expanding in Dorset with 787 vacancies advertised by local employers over the first three quarters of this year.”
He said that top employers in Dorset advertising green vacancies include the NHS, the Environmental Agency, Draken, South-West Water, BAE systems, Siemens, Curtis Wright and Bournemouth University.
Mr Rake added: “These high-profile employers are on the lookout for engineers, energy advisors, project managers, sustainability and environmental health consultants/officers and recycling managers to name a few from a wide range of specialisms.
“Concerted efforts are required for creating and promoting good green jobs, skills and competitive supply chains, whilst ensuring industry and the education sector in Dorset all work together to provide clear pathways and support people to work in the new green economy.
“We hope that more talented people in Dorset are informed about the options they have to turn their passion into a career and help save the planet and protect our outstanding natural environment.”
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