Climate Change: Training

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to ensure that the green technology and decarbonisation work forces have the skills necessary to respond to the climate emergency.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

We are establishing a technical education system that rivals the best in the world and are investing an additional £406 million in maths, digital and technical education to help address the shortage of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills. These measures will help provide good jobs and greater earning power for all, and will help provide businesses with the skilled people they need to thrive in our growing low carbon economy.

The Department for Education has recently announced the creation of the independent Skills and Productivity Board (SPB) which will provide expert analysis, and evidence of which skills and training add the most value to the economy, and give the best jobs and earnings for learners. Government will use the Board’s evidence to inform policy decisions which will help the system to deliver more of the most valuable skills.

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