Aldersgate Group Project Chair John Edmonds said: "The skills gap in the UK economy is well documented, with one in three firms already hampered by a shortage of skilled staff, from those needed to install new technology to scientists and engineers."
The skills shortage comes at a time when demand for engineers for major infrastructure projects is incerasing as the UK attempts to address expansion in offshore and onshore wind, carbon capture and storage, nuclear power, flood defences, high speed rail and upgrading water infrastructure. The report highlights that the most significant drivers for low carbon skills is a robust industrial policy that encourages investment in low carbon technology and resource efficiency. Germany had shown an active industrial and skills policy can help stimulate widespread economic growth and job creation. Responsibility for progress should be shared between government, business, trade unions, professional bodies and the workforce.