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Low-carbon businesses across Lancashire are having a hard time hiring the skills they need and that is holding the industry back from reaching its full potential.

Those are the conclusions from a study conducted last year by The Work Foundation in association with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Research from the Lancaster University School of Management consulting group shows that 47% of businesses surveyed are struggling to hire staff with the skills they need. For nearly a third, it becomes difficult to recruit specialized skills.

Among its recommendations is the need for low-carbon and energy employers to develop job offers based on “strong terms and conditions and clear overarching career paths.” to increase the attractiveness of low-carbon jobs and attract underrepresented groups.

The report also calls for the creation of entry-level opportunities in the low-carbon sector as a stepping stone for apprenticeships to attract younger workers.

Workers in high-carbon sectors also need support to retrain for low-carbon roles.

The reward for Lancashire for passing the skill test is great. The Local Government Association projects 44,000 green jobs in the county by 2030 – increasing to 68,000 by 2050.

Growth opportunities have emerged with more than 600 low-carbon jobs posted in October and November 2021.

From nuclear and wind to marine and battery technology, Lancashire is home to 5,200 businesses in the energy and low carbon sectors.

Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, director of the Lancashire Skills and Employment Centre, believes a collaborative approach is needed to take advantage of the opportunities that are coming.

“Work Foundation research shows a clear need for employers to work with skills and employment providers to address skills shortages, and for businesses to integrate,” she said. actively promote their fields and job opportunities to young people going to school and university to attract future talent.

“Local, colleges, universities, and suppliers are working collectively across the region to advance technical pathways, along with established academic pathways, to build a skills system tailored to the needs of our industry base.

“For example, a new Lancashire Institute of Technology has been announced to address technical skills needs in the energy and low carbon sectors, as well as the advanced manufacturing sectors, and promote skills. higher digital and cyber skills.

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