18 Aug 2010 12:08:05
Young people 'must be attracted to energy industry'
More must be done to attract young people to careers within the energy industry, it has been claimed.
Zoe Robinson, ethical development manager at Warren Evans, said that the government and private sector must work in partnership to provide opportunities within the sector for school leavers and the long-term unemployed.
She added: "The UK can only be world leaders in the green energy revolution if we have world-leading skills."
The comments come after energy firm Centrica warned of an emerging skills gap as many undergraduates are shunning employment opportunities in the industries that will contribute to low carbon growth.
One in four parents that took part in the survey said they would not actively encourage their children to enter the science, technology and energy sectors.
Ms Robinson warned that with the government cuts taking place in the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the coalition will have to "find new ways of delivering the green agenda".
"While the public can do its part, the government's responsibilities to deliver on this agenda will obviously not be met by telling us all to switch off our TVs," she added.