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Renewables sector needs more 'employment initiatives' to lure graduate engineers

Published: Monday, 14 February 2011   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

Graduate engineers leaving university this year will require substantial green skills if the environmental sector is to keep up with rising demand for staff, according to RenewableUK.

Last week, Acre Resources revealed that there is a "buoyant" atmosphere and high demand in the renewables sector.

Nick Medic, head of communications at RenewableUK, has now said that schemes to encourage a greater number of young people into the sector would be required in the future.

"As we have more and more employment posts, there is obviously going to be a need for the right type of candidates," he said.

"You'll notice that in most regions where there is a sense that jobs could shortly materialise there are already employment and education initiatives to try to get a greater number of young people into this sector."

The Acre Resources research also revealed that green jobs outperformed the rest of the job market last year, with salaries of green collar workers in the UK increasing by five per cent.

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