We survey the apprenticeship horizon for green apprenticeships as the Green Jobs Delivery Group becomes established.

This May, Energy Minister, Greg Hands, co-chaired the first meeting of the country’s first ever dedicated group for creating UK green job opportunities. The Green Jobs Delivery Group will support the delivery of up to 480,000 skilled green jobs by 2030 as part of the Prime Minister’s Energy Security Strategy and Net Zero Strategy. Within this will be an apprenticeship opportunities across the green sector revolution. So what will these future green jobs and apprenticeships look like? The Apprenticeship Support by Be More team are surveying the horizon and have some early predictions on the fast growing sectors where green apprenticeships may emerge across the Liverpool City Region.

The UK’s green industrial revolution is a key part in the government’s plan for growing the economy and creating high-skilled, high-wage jobs across the country. The Green Jobs Delivery Group will help ensure the UK has the skilled workforce it needs to build clean industries and transition to cheaper renewables in the face of rising fossil fuel prices. The Net Zero agenda is driving industrial transition to stop the UK contributing to climate change by 2050.

The strategy aims to help generate more than £100 billion private investment to help generate 95% of our electricity from low carbon sources by 2030. “This means that the sectors that will need much more skilled workers are in specific sectors that help generate and use cleaner energy as well as conserving it. So think of apprenticeship opportunities in professions that insulate homes and industrial buildings for instance. New technologies that generate electricity from renewable sources include heat pumps, hydrogen boilers, wind turbines and solar panels. They all need people to build and install them with all the right skill sets. The electric vehicle market is growing, so people are needed to help build them and the components used in them. Also the charging infrastructure is an important consideration for people buying these cars. They need to charge them during long journeys, so there is a skill set required for installing this network,” explains Mel Dodd, Apprenticeship Support Skills Strategy Manager.

The delivery group has over 20 representatives from business and includes ministers from various departments. Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Alex Burghart is part of the group providing confidence that apprenticeship opportunities will emerge.

If you would like further information on apprenticeships and how to apply for them, talk to the Apprenticeship Support by Be More Team. The team is funded by the European Social Fund & LCR Strategic Investment Fund and provides impartial information and advice on apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region.