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Industry must lead way on UK jobs transition

Firms are better placed than the government to know what skills will be needed in a low-carbon economy, says UK Onward

UK firms that operate in carbon-intensive sectors must take responsibility for retraining their workforces to operate in a low-carbon economy, according to a report by thinktank UK Onward. While the government should put in place the incentives and regulations to catalyse the necessary changes in the labour workforce, private firms are best placed to understand what skills will be needed in a decarbonised economy, Ted Christie-Miller, one of the authors of the report, tells Transition Economist. “STEM skills are quick wins for industry” Christie-Miller, UK Onward “Up to 1.7mn jobs are likely to be created in low-carbon heating and retrofit, electric vehicle manufacturing and r

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