Skills for net-zero in Lancashire

Think tank: The Work Foundation

Author(s): Trinley Walker

June 29, 2021

This report from UK think tank the Work Foundation looks at building the low carbon workforce of the future.

The Government has committed to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This will require a transformative shift in our economy, with significant impacts on the make-up and viability of specific sectors, the jobs available and the critical skills employers require. The scale and pace of transformation will vary across the UK. The Work Foundation has worked with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to understand the distinct skills needs of the emergent low carbon sector in the county, and the wider insights this generates for employers and decision makers in other areas across the country. Due to its industrial heritage, Lancashire is well placed to make a substantial contribution to the net-zero agenda. Yet in order to reach their full potential, local businesses must be able to call upon a workforce equipped with the critical skills needed. This research found that low carbon businesses across Lancashire are struggling to recruit for the skills they need, and this is holding the sector back from achieving its full potential.