Scottish Government launches green jobs academy

The 100-day commitment has been launched as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed ScottishPower’s announcement of 135 new green jobs, which will be based in Scotland

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The Scottish Government has announced the launch of a new academy and advice service to help people take a “greener approach” to their careers, skills and job search.

The Green Jobs Workforce Academy, delivered by Skills Development Scotland, will provide information, advice, training and skills as well as help people find new green jobs to thrive in a net zero economy.

A ‘green’ job produces goods or provides services that directly benefit the environment and could also be a job that helps industries lower their carbon footprint.

The 100-day commitment has been launched as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed ScottishPower’s announcement of 135 new green jobs, which will be based in Scotland.

The new roles will be listed on the academy’s website along with information on the types of jobs emerging in sectors that are crucial to Scotland’s transition to a net zero economy, including renewable energy, construction and transport.

Ms Sturgeon 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.

“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.”

The first minister met with apprentices at ScottishPower who are training to work on net zero infrastructure.

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower added the green jobs announced will be critical in delivering the upgrade to the grid and investment in the country’s electricity infrastructure.

He said: “As we electrify the economy to meet our net zero decarbonisation goals our electricity grid will have to be ready for a doubling in demand for power.

“The jobs are also part of our work to drive the green recovery forward through job creation and investment and sector that help tackle the climate emergency.”

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