Young People Aspire to Green Economy

15 March 2013

Nearly 60% of young people want to work in the green economy, it was reported today.

A study found that 59% of 19-25 year olds aspire to find a job within the green economy. A further 78% of those questioned said they recognised the importance of the green economy relating to growth in UK business.

The survey was conducted by Opinium on behalf of British Gas.

The report comes just six weeks after the Government launched its Green Deal scheme, which focuses on assisting householders to make energy-efficient home improvements to reduce the cost of energy bills.

The green economy refers to any job in the green sector, including those relating to energy efficiency, climate change, water conservation and renewable energy, amongst others. The Green Deal falls under this umbrella.

The Government is hoping that the Green Deal will successfully create 250,000 new jobs by 2030.

It was reported recently that 60,000 jobs within the insulation industry are already linked with the flagship energy efficiency scheme. These include assessors, administrators and installers.

Measures such as Cavity Wall Insulation, Solid Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation can all be installed under the terms of the Green Deal. The uptake of those looking to make these improvements is expected to drive the scheme forward.

Since the scheme launched in late January, more than 1,800 householders have had assessments to see if these improvements will have a positive impact on their energy bill.

As consumer interest in the scheme continues to grow and grow – something Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey expects – the need for more skilled workers will increase. This means more people to carry out assessments; more people to provide administrative duties, and more installers of Cavity Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation and Solid Wall Insulation.

The report from British Gas suggests that this could prove problematic though.

Of those surveyed, 38% felt they did not have the skills required to work within the green economy. 50% felt that more work experience and internships need to be made available, while 38% want companies to offer apprenticeships.

British Gas itself plans to create 1,000 new jobs under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which obligates energy companies to assist with making fuel cheaper for consumers, through energy efficient improvements. The company also runs an apprenticeship scheme.

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