Growing Green Careers in Dorset

Luke Rake, Dorset LEP Board Member and Principal of Kingston Maurward College
Luke Rake, Dorset LEP Board Member and Principal of Kingston Maurward College

As the Government unveils its landmark Net Zero Strategy, Dorset LEP Board Member and Principal of Kingston Maurward College, Luke Rake, outlines the opportunities for growing green careers in Dorset and developing the skills needed to achieve the county’s net zero ambitions.

The Dorset natural environment underpins much of the local economy and wellbeing, with more than half the county designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home of important local, national and international sites for wildlife. Untapped potential in natural capital return is estimated to be worth some £1.5bn per year.

Dorset’s ambition to be at the forefront of tackling some of humanity’s biggest challenges and pioneering new approaches to healthy ageing, food production, energy generation and climate change is central to the Dorset LEP’s  Dorset: Living Better investment prospectus. Alongside this, is the Dorset Low Carbon Investment Opportunities document showcasing a range of investment opportunities and outlining Dorset’s ambition to be net zero by 2050.

In the latest thought leadership article from Dorset LEP, Dorset LEP Board Member, Luke Rake, comments: “Our aspirations will remain out of reach if we are unable to attract and develop the human capital required for a Green Industrial Revolution.

“Whilst there are growing opportunities, a recent survey estimated that 71% of children say they do not know enough about eco-friendly careers and this could stop them from finding their dream roles.

“Dorset LEP’s Labour Market Insights lays out the exciting future prospects offered by green careers pathways in Dorset. The information finds the demand for green jobs is rapidly expanding in Dorset with 787 vacancies advertised by local employers over the first three quarters of this year.

“Top employers in Dorset advertising green vacancies include the NHS, the Environmental Agency, Draken, South-West Water, BAE systems, Siemens, Curtis Wright, Bournemouth University and many more.

“These high-profile employers are on the lookout for engineers, energy advisors, project managers, sustainability and environmental health consultants/officers and recycling managers to name a few from a wide range of specialisms.”

Working in partnership across universities, colleges and other training providers in Dorset, Dorset LEP is supporting the development of a comprehensive suite of learning and skills opportunities.

Luke Rake continues “Concerted efforts are required for creating and promoting good green jobs, skills and competitive supply chains, whilst ensuring industry and the education sector in Dorset all work together to provide clear pathways and support people to work in the new green economy.

“We hope that more talented people in Dorset are informed about the options they have to turn their passion into a career and help save the planet and protect our outstanding natural environment.”

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