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Green Shoots

How can we best prepare the workforce for a net zero future?

Reaching net zero continues to dominate the Government’s attention as industry and policymakers look to use the transition as a tool to support economic growth and create jobs in some of the least productive areas of the country. 

If the 2050 net zero target is to be met, developing a workforce with the right green skills will be vital for a smooth transition, to not only ensure green industries can be fully staffed, but also a way to unlock left-behind communities’ potential. 

But what will these new green jobs look like? What sort of green skills will be in demand, and how does the current workforce shape up to future requirements?  And what levers does the Government have at its disposal to support the reshaping of the workforce and the UK’s industrial landscape?

This panel event will explore what the green workforce of the future looks like, and how we build it. It will be a chance to consider the future demand for green skills in traditionally high carbon dependent roles, and highlight the potential from creation of new green sectors within heavy industry. The panel will also explore where green skills may be required in less obvious professions – such as in professional services roles through green financing and carbon accounting. 

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October 3, 2022


Library of Birmingham, Room 101

This event is kindly supported by National Grid


  • Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for Transport
  • Virginia Crosbie MP, Member of Parliament for Ynys Mon
  • Steph Spyro, Environment Editor, Daily Express
  • Michelle Hubert, Head of Public Affairs and Policy, National Grid
  • Ed Birkett, Head of Energy and Climate, Onward (Chair)