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02 Jun 20211 minute read

Construction industry says net zero training ‘inadequate’

Construction industry says net zero training ‘inadequate’

A new survey by Construction Manager magazine has found that 86 per cent of construction industry professionals consider current training provision for net zero and green skills in the industry ‘inadequate’. 

Construction Manager reports that 79 per cent of those polled said it was ‘not easy’ to find suitable net zero training, and of those that had taken courses, almost two-thirds said they did not deliver the skills required.

These results align with ECA’s Skills4Climate survey, which found in January 2021 that the UK’s skills base was ill-equipped for net zero. 

The Skills4Climate industry report, which surveyed a range of businesses in the electrotechnical and engineering services sector, showed that despite overwhelming support from respondents (88 per cent) for a green UK economic recovery following the coronavirus crisis, a quarter (25 per cent) said they would struggle to find workers with the necessary ‘green’ skills to meet demand.

ECA Energy Solutions Advisor Luke Osborne said, “There is a disconnect between the engineering services industry and the much-vaunted technologies that will take us to Net Zero Carbon by 2050.

“This year especially, with COP26 around the corner, we need to work with others to provide the necessary skills capacity to enable engineering services businesses to pivot into EV charging, heat pumps, smart systems and renewables.”