Green Industries Wales, the independent collaboration and discovery network for the green economy in Wales, recently announced its first Hybrid Skills Council meeting, bringing together leading organizations and people in Wales focused on the agenda of green skills..
In 2019, Nigel Hollett took the reins as Director of the Country Land and Business Association in Wales (CLA Cymru). Nigel lives on the Gower Peninsula. He spent much of his childhood working on family farms where he developed a keen interest in rural affairs. Nigel previously worked in Wales with the former Environment Agency, the Welsh government, local government, universities and business. He has also worked across the UK, as Managing Director of a UK Sector Skills Council, in the private council and in various skills bodies.
CLA represents around 30,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses who manage over 10 million acres of rural land in England and Wales. The rural economy contributes some £ 250 billion to the economy as a whole.
Nigel Hollett says,
“Performing to its full potential, the rural Welsh economy could offer even more. “
Nigel chatting with Economic news Wales on the training of the Green Skills Council.
“I think the Green Skills Council is a great idea! What I think he’s really going to do is bring together the main organizations involved in skills in Wales. For me, really, it’s joining things together.
He adds that
“If we can come together to tackle the main issues related to climate change, it will help move things forward. “
Discussing the benefits of the Council, Nigel underlines the importance of involving the private sector, of which CLA is an important part.
Aligned with Green Industries Wales’ Main objective, this first session took place at 10 a.m. on Friday 1 October, with a focus on connecting organizations and individuals to highlight existing projects, companies and programs based on green skills through Wales – identify collective challenges and opportunities, explore areas for knowledge sharing and collaboration.
With most industry and government experts predicting that decarbonization targets will be met through a blended energy solution – harnessing the power of biomass, carbon capture, geothermal, gasoline pumps and technologies. fuel, fusion, hydropower, hydrogen, solar, tidal and wind – question marks remain about the skills and competences needed to give Wales a sustainable talent pool capable of enabling this green transformation.
The date for the first Green Skills Council in October could not have come at a more relevant time, after last month’s UN climate change report by the IPCC signaling ‘code red for humanity’ – and ahead of the conference. COP26 in November, which will bring together the nations of the world to work towards common decarbonization goals.
With major Welsh employers such as Airbus, BOC, Costain, DOW, Dwr Cymru and Wales & West Utilities, working increasingly closely with universities to find the right way forward in terms of energy and resources human rights – and with government working at all levels to establish a common approach to the future of energy in Wales – the first results of this first Hybrid Green Skills Council are sure to feed into debates and plans for action, as industry and education begin to shape workforce planning for a green Wales.
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