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Westminster Employment Forum – Green skills, apprenticeships, and employment event

Green skills, apprenticeships and employment – Policy, implementation, and priorities for education and training, businesses and the workforce

This conference will examine the prospects and next steps for the growth of green jobs in the UK.

Delegates will look at what will be needed from government – as well as from education, training, and industry stakeholders – to facilitate retraining opportunities and tackle critical green skills gaps in the UK workforce.

It will be an opportunity to assess the issues in the context of the significant policy drive from the Government to prepare the workforce for a green economy, and ensure jobs and skills support net-zero ambitions.

Delegates will assess the way forward if the Government’s goal of creating 2m green jobs by 2030 is to be met – including drawing on recommendations laid out by the Green Jobs Taskforce and the Environmental Audit Committee.

The chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Philip Dunne MP, has kindly agreed to chair a session at this conference.

We are also pleased to be able to include contributions from: Amy Jenkins, Deputy Director for Green Finance, Jobs and Investment for Net Zero, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive Officer, Make UK; Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group; and Member, Green Jobs Taskforce; and Rhian Kelly, Director, Corporate Affairs, National Grid.

Planned discussion focuses on strategies for:

  • the talent pipeline – what is needed to develop the green skills needed on the ground
  • education and vocational training – including coordination across the sectors
  • the role of the private sector – supporting businesses, and attracting public and private investment
  • lifelong learning – boosting provision of retraining opportunities and support for the workforce

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the CCC; the CLGU; DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DIT; the DfT; DoF NI; the FCDO; the HSE; NIEA; the OPSS; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.