At this year’s Liberal Democrat Conference, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has partnered with Core Cities UK to hold an open fringe panel discussion: Unlocking the potential of UK cities to create a ‘greenprint’ for future jobs.
Almost a year on from COP26, it is important to take stock and consider how the skills sector, in partnership with other stakeholders, can support the green agenda. The Local Government Association has predicted the creation of up to 700,000 new jobs in low carbon sectors by 2030, with some of the largest increases in the North East, Yorkshire and other areas outside of London and the South East. As we look forward to an uncertain future, what should regional and national education policy look like to give young people the skills they need to access these roles and combat climate change?
The role of cities in this agenda cannot be underestimated. With the power to harness local networks to promote net zero carbon projects, regional cities across the UK will be crucial to fostering the green economy and encouraging sustainable initiatives within local communities.
This panel will bring together policy makers, business leaders and education stakeholders to consider how a future educational approach can encourage upskilling for the green agenda, promoting green skills across all industries and unlocking the potential of regional cities to boost health, productivity and prosperity.
We are delighted to welcome Josie Farrar (Teach the Future) to the panel.