Unlocking the Skills Needed for a Digital and Green Future published by Make UK, in association with Sage, revealed that the overwhelming majority (98%) of manufacturers are aware of the Government’s Net Zero target and 92% say this is achievable in their business by 2050 if the right help is in place.
However, a third of companies surveyed are experiencing a skills gap. Innovation is at the top of the list in terms of the skillset companies feel is needed to achieve the green targets, with 72% of companies saying a boost to innovation skills is critical to success.
The average skill level of a Net Zero job is 26% higher than the current occupations across industry in the UK, so the quality of the training needs to be higher. Acquisition of in-depth skills would enable companies to accelerate the deployment of clean technologies, increase productivity and increase resource efficiency.