"Green skills need to be front and centre of our recovery from the pandemic, helping to level up our communities, build local government capacity and increase social mobility."
Responding to a report on green jobs by the Environmental Audit Committee, Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s People and Places Board, said:
“Green skills need to be front and centre of our recovery from the pandemic, helping to level up our communities, build local government capacity and increase social mobility. Our analysis has shown that there could be as many as 700,000 local green jobs by 2030 rising to 1.1 million by 2050, arising from the low-carbon and renewable energy economy.
“Councils know where and in what sectors these jobs will be. It now needs the levers to work with partners to build a skilled and experienced workforce which is crucial to the Government meeting its net zero targets and levelling up ambitions.
“Local government has a key role to play here, matching skills supply with industry demand over time, and ensuring all residents and wider local economies can benefit from new employment opportunities.
“With the right powers and funding in the Spending Review, we can join up business, providers and communities to build effective pathways and progression routes for young people and adults, making more effective use of government programmes such as bootcamps and sector-based work academies.
“We are also calling on government to begin work with councils and businesses on a national fiscal and policy framework to address the climate emergency.”