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A new service to help more people grasp the job opportunities offered by Scotland’s growing green economy is now available for the first time.

The Green Jobs Workforce Academy can help people take a greener approach to their careers, from accessing training and learning new skills to finding a new job.

Available at greenjobs.scot, the academy will help ensure Scotland’s workforce has the skills it needs to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

The academy was launched as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited ScottishPower in Glasgow, who announced plans to create 152 new green jobs, of which 135 will be based in Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

“The launch of our Green Jobs Workforce Academy is an invaluable step in preparing our current and future workforce to seize the opportunities afforded to us as part of that just transition."

Invaluable step

She said: “As we recover from the pandemic we are determined to build a fairer economy that delivers the skills, opportunities and jobs for the future that will help secure our transition to net-zero and end our contribution to climate change.

“The launch of our Green Jobs Workforce Academy is an invaluable step in preparing our current and future workforce to seize the opportunities afforded to us as part of that just transition. The academy will guide people of all ages through a process of identifying the skills they have and the skills they will need to find and secure green jobs. 

“To help tackle climate change Scotland is already investing in green skills and attracting new green job opportunities. It is great to see ScottishPower creating 135 new green jobs in Scotland and I would encourage other employers to follow their lead. The Academy’s career advisers stand ready to support individuals interested in these jobs access the right training to help their career progress.

“Looking ahead to COP26 in Glasgow in November, Scotland can be proud that our climate change ambitions, backed by investment in creating a highly skilled green workforce, will be showcased on an international stage.”

Developed on behalf of Scottish Government by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) the Green Jobs Workforce Academy is one of the government’s key policy commitments for the first 100 days of the new parliamentary term. 

Green careers

The academy is also a key action from the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan (CESAP), published by SDS in December.

SDS Chair Frank Mitchell said: “There are already opportunities across a number of Scotland’s key economic sectors offering great career prospects for people with the right skills.

“The Green Jobs Workforce Academy will make it easier for people from a broad range of backgrounds to consider how their skills and experience can be built upon to launch a green career.

“It’s part of a range of measures SDS and its partners is engaged in through the Climate Emergency Skills Action to help us meet the challenges we now face.”

SDS Chair Frank Mitchell

“The Green Jobs Workforce Academy will make it easier for people from a broad range of backgrounds to consider how their skills and experience can be built upon to launch a green career."

With the drive to next zero requiring transformation change across the economy and society, the Green Jobs Workforce Academy will continue to develop in the future, providing a gateway for anyone looking to move into a green job.

The academy offers information on the opportunities available, the skills needed to move into them and links to the required training and funding sources.​ 

Professor Dave Reay, Director of Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, University of Edinburgh and Chair of the CESAP Implementation Strategy Group said: “This is wonderful to see. If we are to meet our climate targets then these green career pathways need to be clearly signposted and supported for all.

“As we approach COP26 and the drive for climate action gathers momentum across every sector of our economy, the Green Jobs Workforce Academy represents a vital part of ensuring everyone in Scotland has access to the green skills and jobs that will underpin a sustainable and just transition to net zero.'”

The academy also offers in-depth information on the economic sectors that lie at the heart of Scotland’s transition to net zero: renewables, transportation, construction, engineering, agriculture and land use.

Other measures emerging from the CESAP include the creation of a Green Jobs Skills Hub that will cascade intelligence into the skills system on the numbers and types of green jobs that will be needed over the next 25 years.

SDS is also working with partners and with industries to maximise the uptake of apprenticeships in green jobs whilst also developing new work-based learning pathways.

Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables and member of the CESAP Implementation Steering Group said: “Putting people at the heart of the energy transition will not only enable our current workers to maintain and add to their skills to ensure they have a sustainable career path, it also means that Scotland will continue to develop a world class low carbon labour market with skills that will be in demand across the globe as other countries follow in Scotland’s footsteps to decarbonise their electricity, transport and heating energy demand.”

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