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Green Skills Academy Celebrates its First Birthday

19 Jan 2024
In a world that's racing against time to combat climate change, young people, hold the key to a sustainable and green future.

Did you know that only 27% of young people know what a ‘green job’ is and even fewer understand the impact of securing a job in this sector can have on the environment? As the urgency to address climate change intensifies, the demand for skilled professionals in the green sector is skyrocketing. A recent study conducted by the Prince's Trust has sounded the alarm, revealing that most young people are unaware of the concept of net zero and the looming green skills crisis. That’s why we’re here to help you get a better understanding of the green skills landscape and why now is the perfect time for you to consider a career in this thriving sector.

Understanding Net Zero

The Prince's Trust research sheds light on a significant gap in awareness and understanding of net zero among young people. This knowledge gap is the first hurdle we need to overcome collectively. The report indicates that 72% of young people are unaware of the term 'net zero.'

Net Zero seems to be a buzzword when talking about climate change and national targets but what does it actually mean? Net zero refers to a state in which the greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere are balanced by removal out of the atmosphere. This means that a home, business, city or country should not produce any more harmful greenhouse gas emissions than it can remove from the atmosphere, once this is obtained, Net Zero will be achieved. From 2050, the UK is expected to reach its net zero target but the City of Greater Manchester is expected to reach net zero 12 years sooner, by 2038. The pressure is on, we need to act now. Manchester City Council has led by example and reduced its carbon emissions by 54.7% from the year 2010 to 2020, curious to find out how? Click here.

Job Opportunities in the Green Sector

The green sector is expanding rapidly, offering a plethora of job opportunities for those ready to step up and make a difference or for those looking for a better well paid job. From renewable energy to sustainable agriculture, and environmental consulting to eco-friendly urban planning, the options are diverse and exciting. According to the Princes Trust study, the green skills sector is expected to grow by 200% in the next decade. This is not merely a career choice; it's an opportunity to be at the forefront of a global movement towards sustainability. So why not get ahead of the curve?

How do I prepare for a career in the Green Sector?

You may be wondering how you prepare for a career in the green sector. Do I need to have specialist qualifications or to have studied this in school before? This is where training with us, at GC Education and Skills comes into play. We specialise in providing elaborate and comprehensive training programs tailored to the needs of the rapidly evolving green skills market.

Apprenticeships are a great way for those of all ages wanting to kick off their green skills career. The ability to earn while you learn and obtain up to a degree-level qualification makes it an appealing option for most.

We offer a range of quick and flexible courses that are perfect for those already skilled in the construction industry who want to upskill and go green. You can check those out here.

This month, as we approach the first birthday of our state-of-the-art training centre, Green Skills Academy, based in Trafford Park we proudly reflect on the incredible strides we've made in empowering individuals with valuable skills and fostering a culture of innovation. The Green Skills Academy stands as not just a beacon of achievement but of hope, and we look forward to positively impacting lives and shaping a brighter, more sustainable future for everyone involved.

At the Green Skills Academy, our courses are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to thrive in fields such as renewable energy, environmental conservation, sustainable technology, and more. Whether you are a business looking to prepare your workforce for the opportunities and challenges presented by the global transition to a carbon-neutral economy, or you’re looking for an apprenticeship in this sector, the Green Skills Academy is your one-stop campus to support the community of Manchester to become a carbon zero city. You can grab a glance at the Academy here.

So, why choose GC Education and Skills?

Our industry-relevant curriculum and programs are crafted in collaboration with industry experts ensure that you receive the most up-to-date and relevant education. Our close partnerships help to determine how we can bridge the skills gap in particular areas.

Are you a practical learner? We believe in learning by doing. Our courses incorporate practical training, allowing you to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios. Our facilities and resources will help you to get a better understanding of the industry standards expected by an employer.

Beyond education, our industry-experienced tutors can provide career insight, counselling and support to help you navigate the green skills market successfully. We aim to prepare you for real-world opportunities so that you can begin to make a difference as soon as possible.

Your Journey Starts Now

In the face of the impending green skills crisis, you have the opportunity to be a catalyst for positive change. By choosing a career in the green sector, you become part of a global movement striving to create a sustainable and resilient future. The planet needs skilled, passionate individuals like you, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

As the saying goes, "The best way to predict the future is to create it." Join us at GC Education and Skills as we embark on a journey to create a greener, more sustainable world. Together, let’s build a future where the environment thrives, and so do you.

Are you ready to go green? Your journey begins here. Enrol with us today and let's make a difference, one green career at a time.