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Matthew Neville

Yorkshire based Skills Network bridges UK sustainability skill gap

Off the back of the government’s promise of £3.8bn investment into upskilling workers, Yorkshire based The Skills Network is developing new courses on sustainability and eco literacy.

Rishi Sunak particularly commented on the need for an increase in green skills, following a recent report which predicted 694,000 ‘green jobs’ will exist across England by 2030.

The Skills Network aims to bridge the sustainability skills gap through providing businesses with knowledge to raise awareness of green objectives and encourage employees to feel involved in becoming “Sustainability Change Makers”.

Through providing practical strategies, end-to-end support, resources, and teacher training, business stakeholders will be able to embed sustainability and address the skills gap through transformative solutions.

The new courses in Mass Sustainability and Eco Literacy Skills will be funded by the government through the Adult Education Budget and can be accessed to upskill workforces, allowing employees to build competency-based sustainability knowledge and skills that can be aligned to various roles and business sectors.

Paul Wakeling, executive director of curriculum and quality said: “All employees should feel empowered to actively contribute towards protecting our ecosystem and make an impact towards preserving natural resources for generations ahead.

“Helping businesses and its employees to become more able to commit towards sustainability will not only be beneficial for the business, but for society as a whole and the overall goal towards zero emissions in the long term.”

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