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BIS and DECC Consultation: Meeting the Low Carbon Skills Challenge

ACE has submitted a written response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Energy and Climate Change consultation: “Meeting the Low Carbon Skills Challenge”

To read our full response click here.

ACE feels that the emphasis in this document on the skills needs and challenges for moving to a low carbon economy is misplaced. Firstly, ACE feels that the proposed investment in skills the energy generation sector is overstated. Secondly, for the construction industry, ACE feels that the consultation places too much emphasis on promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills and disagrees that the new skills required in this sector will be mainly at graduate level. Developing the appropriate training for existing trades people that work within a fragmented market is the greater challenge that has not been well addressed by this consultation.
ACE also disagrees that emphasis will be on developing and manufacturing new technologies. Within the buildings sector there are many existing fit-for-purpose energy efficiency and micro-renewable energy generation technologies that have not yet been realised.

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