The UK labour market is expected to undergo some changes over the next few years, with advancements in digital technology, our commitment to tackle environmental issues, an increasing demand on health services and social care, Brexit, the economic recovery from Covid-19 and many more factors all playing a part. The number of jobs available in some types of work will decline but employment opportunities in other types of work will grow. Find out more about some of the ‘growth sectors’ and upcoming opportunities below.
Why consider 'green skills'?
With the climate change and its challenges becoming a lot more pressing in the recent decade, government institutions and businesses are demonstrating an increased commitment towards the ‘Green Economy’ with investment being directed towards projects and initiatives around low carbon and renewable energy. According to NCFE, the ‘green economy’ sector is predicted to grow even more with a suggested potential of one million new jobs by 2030. With this predicted increase in job roles, there is now new focus on ‘green skills’, from engineering to electric car design, to recycling to green building maintenance. It is also suggested that all sectors and jobs will require an element of green skills, or at least an understanding of the sector to succeed. See the full article on the NCFE website.
As part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs you can now access free, flexible Skills Bootcamp training programmes in various growth sectors, including Green Skills. These are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks and offer an excellent opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. The Skills Bootcamps will be delivered in various locations across UK (depending on training provisions in the region/ area). These Bootcamps are free for adults aged 19 or over and who are either in work or recently unemployed. Some Skills Bootcamps have additional eligibility criteria. To find out more please visit the list of current Skills Bootcamps published on the gov.uk website (scroll down to view the section for 'Green Skills').
Contact us if you would like to find out more about how you could develop skills, gain qualifications, or retrain for a job role in the green economy.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be taking place in the summer of 2022, from 28 Jul 2022 – 8 Aug 2022.
In the leadup to the games DWP has launched B2022 Commonwealth Games Talent Pool. The Talent Pool is designed to gather together all DWP customers that are keen to hear about the training and job opportunities associated with the Games which spread across a multitude of sectors including: Security, Stewarding, Administration, Cleaning, Catering, Logistics, Warehousing, Media and Retail. The Jobs & Skills Academy are providing training opportunities (where required) across these sectors to ensure that our region has the necessary skills and qualifications to hold a successful Games.
There are over 6000 vacancies planned in a variety of sectors. The DWP talent pool will be speaking with employers who may want top-take on people now, to release them for the fortnight next year.
Alternatively, you can search for Current Opportunities with the B2022 Commonwealth Games on their website Jobs at the Commonwealth Games – Birmingham 2022 where you can register your interest online and sign up for further news and opportunity updates.
If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Employment and Skills Team who can contact the DWP leads to enquire on your behalf.
Myth: Training time doesn’t count as working time.
Truth: All training time counts as working time for minimum wage purposes and must be paid at least the minimum wage rate.
Myth: All apprentices should be paid the £4.30 apprentice rate.
Truth: If you’re an apprentice aged 19 and over and have completed your first year you should get at least £6.56 per hour, if not more depending on your age.
Myth: If you’re paid the correct minimum wage rate you don’t need to worry about National Minimum Wage underpayment.
Truth: You may be surprised that you could still be underpaid if you’re not paid for all the time you worked, or if your employer is making wage deductions.
Myth: Reporting underpayment to HMRC is too difficult and not worth your time.
Truth: Reporting can be done online and takes less than 5 minutes. From April 2020 to March 2021 workers received over £16.7m in back pay.
Myth: It’s ok for your employer to pay you the £4.30 apprentice rate before or after your apprenticeship starts/ends.
Truth: If you haven’t started your apprenticeship, you are legally entitled to receive the higher minimum wage rate for your age group. You can check the rates on the Check Your Pay website