The ECITB has responded to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan.
Chris Claydon, ECITB Chief Executive, said: “The ECITB welcomes the new proposals set out in the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan, which will help support Scotland’s green recovery and maximise the employment benefits of the transition to net zero.
“We are pleased to have been able to contribute to the plan and welcome the emphasis on upskilling, leadership and project management, skills for a circular economy and collaboration, all of which are vital if we are to successfully prepare the workforce for the energy transition.
“The energy supply chain is pivotal to the pursuit of Scotland’s climate goals and already has many of the core technical skills required – including those working in sectors such as oil and gas, who will play a central role in the roll out of electrification, hydrogen and carbon capture technologies. As we emerge from the Covid crisis, it is crucial that we harness and retain these skills, as well as attract fresh talent to the industry.
“The creation of the Green Jobs Skills Hub and Green Jobs Workforce Academy are welcome developments and will supplement our understanding of the skills required for net zero and provide practical support to those transitioning from at-risk sectors. We look forward to supporting these projects and complementary initiatives, such as the ECITB’s Energy Transition Leadership programme which will launch next year.