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Green skills gap 23 February 2021

Green skills gap ‘could derail net–zero’, major UK construction firms tell Government (via Edie)

Representatives from more than a dozen major construction organisations have urged the Government to do more to close the existing green skills gap and to improve the skills pipeline, lest it risk missing its 2050 net–zero target.

The joint call to action has been made by the likes of Morgan Sindall, Mace Group and Tideway, through a new paper published by think–tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

The paper reveals that some 750,000 UK–based construction workers are planning to retire in the next 15 years – a figure greater than the number of workers likely to enter the sector within this timeframe.

Contributors to the paper argue that this trend is being compounded by the fact that current education and training is, broadly, not aligned with the UK’s net–zero target. Given that most of the buildings which will exist in the UK in 2050 – the date by which the UK is legally required to deliver net–zero – are either already built or in the pipeline, the paper calls for urgent action.

The paper does praise the UK Government for its efforts to help the construction sector “build back better” post–pandemic, including the development of the Future Homes Standard and the orchestration of UKRI’s transforming construction challenge. But it states that the overall approach is not yet joined up or ambitious enough.

It argues that past moves can be built upon with the creation of a new National Infrastructure and Construction Skills Demand Pipeline at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. The Pipeline would specifically work with industry and the further and higher education sector, as well as Whitehall departments, to map out investment in employment and skills.

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