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Number of green jobs rising, says NEF deputy

Published: Wednesday, 09 March 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

University-leavers looking for graduate opportunities may wish to look to environmentally-sustainable sectors of the economy.

That is because the number of green jobs in the United Kingdom is on the up, according to Ian Byrne, who is deputy director of the National Energy Foundation (NEF).

Mr Byrne said that not only were there more graduate opportunities in the green sector, but other parts of the economy are changing to become more green.

"As environmental issues … become more mainstream, many jobs not previously though of as being 'green', such as plumbers, electricians and builders, are increasingly requiring more environmental skills," he said.

Some examples of jobs adapting to become more environmentally friendly are plumbers having to learn about solar heating and electricians training in installing PV, or photovoltaic, panels.

Last month, Nick Medic of RenewableUK said the green sector must begin more employment initiatives to convince university leavers of the graduate opportunities available.

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