Eco-friendly gov’t projects ‘must be supported by skilled workforce’

Expanding sustainability and renewable energy sectors will need to be accompanied by a drive to improve the skills of the British workforce, it has been claimed.

It is critical that the government ensures the UK has the skills to cope with the fast expansion, from construction through to board level, according to the Renewable Energy Centre.

A spokesperson for the website was responding to the £75 billion offshore wind industry investment, announced by the government earlier this month, which is expected to create an additional 70,000 jobs to support the eco-friendly venture.

The spokesperson explained: “As long as the push for renewable energy continues and is implemented, there will be need for new jobs and skills which should benefit the construction industry and provide more work.

“The government has to make sure the UK is able to meet this demand.”

Government plans also include proposals to build a potential 6,400 turbines capable of generating 32GW of electricity.

Jobs expected to be created by the investment will be across the manufacturing, research, engineering, installation and operation sectors.ADNFCR-2805-ID-19576257-ADNFCR

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