Last reviewed 16 November 2020

The Government has launched a new Green Jobs Taskforce to support the drive for 2 million skilled jobs to “build back greener” and reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The Green Jobs Taskforce will set out plans for new high quality, green jobs by 2030 and advise what support is needed for people in transitioning industries.

The taskforce will be chaired by Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan, and will focus on the immediate and longer-term challenges of delivering green jobs and skilled workers for the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050.

Launching the taskforce, Kwarteng said the Government aims to “build back better and greener” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Green Jobs Taskforce will oversee the UK taking strides towards long-term economic prosperity, as well as transitioning to the new low-carbon green industries of the future.”

The remit for the taskforce includes both short- and long-term objectives.

  • Ensuring we have the immediate skills needed for building back greener, such as in offshore wind and home retrofitting.

  • Developing a long-term plan that charts out the skills needed to help deliver a net zero economy.

  • Ensuring good quality green jobs and a diverse workforce.

  • Supporting workers in high carbon transitioning sectors, like oil and gas, to retrain in new green technologies.

Stakeholder engagement will feature strongly in delivering the remit and will include representatives from Construction Industry Training Board, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, East London Institute for Technology, Retrofit Works, Edinburgh University and National Grid.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said making sure people have the right skills is “more critical than ever” to help rebuild the economy.

Business leaders have been calling for urgent action to help plug green skills gap for some time.

Today’s announcements form part of the government’s wider efforts to ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050,