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Green energy could create graduate engineering jobs, says union

Published: Monday, 22 June 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

One of the UK's biggest trade unions, Unite, will say at a conference today (June 22nd) that engineering jobs, including those for graduates, will be created if the government invests in green energy.

The New Energy Brings New Opportunity conference will see the union address members of parliament such as Lord Mandelson in asking for funding for the creation of jobs in the engineering sector.

It is though that 10,000 positions, which could be taken up by engineering graduates, will be created over the next ten years through the harnessing of nuclear power and carbon capture technology.

Dougie Rooney, national officer for Unite, said: "The demand for components and equipment from power generation companies gives UK manufacturing companies huge opportunities to expand."

Employers at the recent Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning networking meeting were told of the benefits of graduate engineering schemes to help them get work experience personnel, according to Construction News.

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