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Climate change careers: the next generation

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This week, alongside our Agent Academy team, we brought together a range of North West business leaders and young people to help bridge the skills gap that many experts fear will hold back the UK’s progress towards lowering carbon emissions and combating climate change.

Climate Change Careers was powered in partnership with our friends at North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT), Net Zero NW and Bruntwood. Hosted by some of our Academy’s passionate young people, the hybrid event aimed to inspire attendees to progress towards a future career that will make a difference to our planet.

North West leaders from firms including Electricity Northwest, Tech Nation, Hynet, Peel Ports and CGI used the event to share career stories and experiences, explain the range of opportunities available and attract new talent into emerging, in-demand job roles.

Over 200 business leaders and young people alike came together online and in person at our Circle Square home in Manchester’s innovation district. Together, we explored and discussed the future opportunities that these emerging ‘green jobs’ will bring.

The event came in response to the Government’s ambition to create two million green jobs in the UK by 2030, in its Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

Zoe Wallace, director of Agent Academy said:

“Encouraging and supporting future talent to progress into meaningful careers is at the heart of our work at Agent Academy. This event was hosted by enthusiastic, engaging young people who are passionate about leading this movement for change.

“We heard from a variety of special guest speakers, many of whom you often rarely hear, who shared insight into the progress being made towards a greener future. Positive, long-lasting change only ever happens when people are invited to play their part. That’s exactly what we want this event did. We can’t wait for the next instalment”

Ged Barlow, Chief Executive at Net Zero North West, commented:

“A major part of resolving the employment skills gap in clean growth jobs begins with educating and inspiring young talent and already young people are highly engaged in making a difference. After all, the climate crisis will impact on future generations the most.

However, a recently published skills report, sponsored by Net Zero North West, found that for the road to reducing negative carbon emissions to be successful, immediate action is required to address communication around the role of Net Zero skills. Climate Change Careers did just that by bringing the region’s brightest talent together to highlight the conversation around Net Zero careers.”

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