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Jobseekers should join Britain’s growing green economy

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Department for Work and Pensions Minister Guy Opperman is urging people to consider work in a range of sectors as part of Green Careers Week. He said: “From renewable energy to recycling, from nuclear to new green start-ups, there are vacancies across the country in a variety of sectors that will help people to get their first step on the green career ladder.

“This Green Careers Week I’d encourage anyone looking for work to consider a green job as their next step.

“The UK is leading the way on tackling climate change as we transition to net zero by 2050, and our network of Jobcentres are ready to connect and upskill jobseekers to take advantage of vacancies supporting this vision of a greener future.”

Green jobs – those that contribute to preserving or restoring the environment and the planet – are available in a range of sectors including construction, manufacturing, renewable energy, and transportation.

The Department for Education will highlight the range of apprenticeships available to help train people to degree level in areas such as environmental consultancy, business sustainability, forestry, and turbine technology.

A number of free skill bootcamps and courses are also available for sectors like electric vehicle charging, green heating technology, and smart meter installation.

Education Minister Robert Halfon said: “Green industries are booming, with huge growth across the country, extending the ladder of opportunity to all people, with high-level skills and jobs in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and sustainable construction.

“There are also remarkable free training options including apprenticeships where you can earn while you learn and get a good skilled job at the end.

“Our Skills Bootcamps also provide practical training in demand skills. Being green means building a skills and apprenticeships nation.”

Paul Foster, 33, signed up to do a skills bootcamp run by a training provider for the wind industry.

He said: “I was sick of changing careers and really wanted to move into an industry and job that I could stick with and progress. A couple of friends were working in the wind sector, and it sounded great. 

Paul, from North Shields in Tyne and Wear, added: “Everything is moving towards renewable energy now and there seems to be lots of potential opportunities for future work.”

– For more information on free training programmes, https://skillsforlife.campaign.gov.uk/ or call National Careers Service on  0800 100 900.

‘I want to inspire young people’

Teacher Susan Simmonds hopes her lessons will inspire young people to tackle green issues like sewage in the nation’s rivers.

The land and wildlife management teacher at Sparsholt College, near Winchester, balances her job with work for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight (IOW) Wildlife Trust.

Susan said: “I started teaching land and wildlife Management because I’ve always been really keen to pass on my knowledge and passion for environmental issues to young people. 

“I want to inspire young people to tackle issues like sewage in our rivers and habitat loss caused by intensive farming and feel that they can make a difference.

“Balancing teaching with my work for the Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust is hugely rewarding and my husband would tell you that when I come home from my day’s further education teaching.

“I am more inspired, enthusiastic and full of energy than any other time of the week.”

Susan, from Nether Wallop in Hampshire, started working in conservation more than 20 years ago. 

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