Green collar jobs set to triple by 2030

The new Offshore Wind Sector should triple the number of highly-skilled jobs in the green sector by 2030 and place the UK as a global leader in renewables.

This sector deal is the tenth sector deal established under the modern Industrial Strategy with sector deals already established with the life sciences, automotive, construction and nuclear sectors. Partnerships between the government and industry on sector-specific issues can create significant opportunities to boost productivity, employment, innovation and skills.

As the first renewable technology to agree on a Sector Deal with Government it will place offshore wind at the centre of the country’s energy system, almost quadrupling capacity from 7.9GW to at least 30GW by 2030 and contribute one-third of electricity needs. As well as increasing the number of green collar jobs in the industry to 27,000 jobs by 2030, up from 7,200.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said: “The move to a cleaner, greener economy is outlined in our modern Industrial Strategy as one of the greatest economic opportunities of our time. Working with the offshore wind industry, I want to ensure that women and young people benefit from this sea-change.” 

The UK is already a leader in offshore wind, with more capacity than any other country, the biggest offshore wind farms and the most powerful turbines, and exported offshore wind products and services could increase fivefold in value to £2.6 billion a year by 2030.

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