The green skills and jobs summit this week is hosted by the Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission.
The University of Hull has already committed two of its experts to support the Commission. Sarah Clark (Aura Operations Manager) sits as Commissioner on the YHCC, and Professor Dan Parsons (Director of the University’s Energy & Environment Institute) on the Science Panel.
In recent years, the University has also launched a range of degree courses around energy and the environment – including an MSc Renewable Energy programme, an MSc Flood Risk Management course and an MSc in Offshore Wind Energy & the Environment.
The education system as a whole, and universities in particular, must work together to ensure that the whole of the talent pipeline – from school children through to students and workers – addresses the changing nature of work and skills that are going to be needed to meet the green industrial revolution.
Speakers at the summit include:
- Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire
- Beckie Hart, Regional Director, CBI Yorkshire & Humber
- Bill Adams, Regional Secretary, TUC Yorkshire & the Humber
- Lauren Little, Stakeholder Advisor, Ørsted
- Becky Huxley-Binns, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Hull
- John Weir, Talent and Skills Lead, Aura
- Jenny Young, Engineering, Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).
Sarah Clark, Aura’s Operations Manager, will also speak on a panel at the summit.
She said: “The transition to Net Zero involves businesses of all sizes – from SMEs which are the backbone and the beating heart of our economy, to large companies which can employ thousands of people.
“The role of Aura is to bring these businesses together, connecting SMEs with industry and providing a tailored business support package which meets their needs.