Understanding the skills that will be required by local organisations to support a low carbon post-COVID-19 transition to a cleaner, fairer economy and society in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The transformation to a low carbon and less environmentally destructive economy in the UK will lead to significant changes across sectors and occupations, but also risks increasing inequalities between individuals, industries and regions (ILO, 2015). The COVID-19 crisis and the resulting slowdown in economic activity are severely impacting a variety of sectors across the UK economy, with significant social consequences. The government’s commitment to a green recovery, as well as the public and business support for it, requires not only policies to drive low carbon economic activity, but also investment in human capital and skills (Aldersgate, 2020). Nationally, there’s lots of talk about green jobs but what does this actually mean for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region?
The Green Skills Research Project at Anglia Ruskin University’s aim is to understand the skills that will be required by local organisations to help support a low carbon post-COVID-19 transition to a cleaner, fairer economy and society in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
There are two specific areas of focus:
- How an understanding of skills needs can inform economic, transition to net-zero and post-COVID-19 recovery policy in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region;
- How the Higher Education sector can support the acquisition of the skills required to support an inclusive low carbon post-COVID-19 transition to a cleaner, fairer economy and society in the region through the provision of courses at Anglia Ruskin University – with a specific focus on ARU Peterborough.
This research project will provide a snapshot of the future ‘green skills’ required in one region within two smart cities – Cambridge and Peterborough.