You Can Contribute To The Skills For Net Zero Agenda

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The skills for net zero is the term that relates to the technical skills that have been identified as crucial in supporting the government’s aim to decarbonise existing construction and engineering industry and in doing so create a ‘green task force’ of qualified and skilled professionals.

Careers in the green task force

Here are just a few examples of job titles that have shown to be the most popular listings in the South West region within the last year.

  • Project Managers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Transport Planners
  • Site Reliability Engineers
  • Net Zero Project Manager
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Geotechnical Engineers
  • Electrical Design Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Digital Project Managers

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  • It is reported that ‘GREEN INDUSTRY JOBS’ will EXPAND from 400,000 to OVER 2MILLION BY 2030.
  • In 2019 there were over 45,000 PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN WIND ENERGY related jobs in the UK.
  • In the SOUTH WEST the number OF GREEN JOBS HAS increased by 6.4% OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS.
  • ON AVERAGE there are OVER 4846 jobs ADVERTISED IN THIS LOCALITY per year with these industries


From 2020 – 2022 there were an average of 4846 jobs advertised relating to the green agenda in the South West region.


The huge range of courses on offer will allow you to choose the perfect course for you, including many options for Apprenticeships, giving you the opportunity to learn while on the job and earn a wage. Alternatively, if you perform better learning in the classroom, you could choose a diploma course. 


Career opportunities and salaries in the construction industry could include: 

  • Bricklaying: £12,196 - £37,019 
  • Plastering: £12,352 - £39,748 
  • Electrician: £18,228 - £41,325 
  • Carpentry: £18,010 - £39,600 
  • Project Managers: £25,857 - £41,454 


Here’s some of the key skills that employers commonly state is needed in their employees, these are included in their job adverts:

  • Project Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Agile Methodology
  • Engineering Design Process
  • AutoCAD
  • Procurement
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Risk Management
  • Change Management
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Project Planning

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"Weston College is equipped with everything I need to learn about electrical installation... Whenever I have encountered any issues in my studies, the staff have always helped me and shown me a solution that can be found."
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Alfred impressed his tutors with his ability to reflect on his behaviour and how he demonstrated the behaviours, skills, and attitude to be successful. In January, Alfred won the Construction Trade and Services Student of the Year award, at Celebration of Success.

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<p>The field of Designing, Surveying and Planning in the Construction industry is a broad one, but highly important to the development of societies. The stages that go into construction require huge amounts of time and dedication, but ultimately results in great success!</p>

<p>This field is a great path to go down, and an increase in the workforce in this profession would be highly beneficial to the field, but one that includes more equality and balance would be a massive step forward for the reputation of construction. Construction is often seen as a ‘male’ job, and we want to help show that anyone, regardless of gender, can have a successful career in construction.</p>

<p>So, we want to present 5 reasons why this could be the perfect career choice for you, and kickstart your path in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning!</p>

<p>1.<strong> Important work!</strong> As previously mentioned, this line of work is highly important in supplying new homes and buildings for towns and cities as the demand increases, and pre-empting this demand with the planning aspect of the sector.</p>

<p>2. <strong>Keeping busy! </strong>This career choice will be demanding in terms of needing to be easily adaptable to picking up new skills, as it will likely be ever changing, and you’ll be expected to keep up with what’s expected of you. However, this will mean the job will not get boring, and you’ll always be kept busy!</p>

<p>3. <strong>Specialised qualifications to get you in the job!</strong> The courses, including <a href="…;, <a href="… Levels</a> and<a href="…; transition programmes</a>, are offered to both <a href="… leavers</a> and <a href="… Weston College. These courses are specifically designed to prepare you for this career choice, with a great balance of academic college learning for the theory side, and workplace experience to provide you with practical knowledge.</p>

<p>4. <strong>Specialise in your strongest area! </strong>After selecting which course is best suited to you, and completing the course, you will be able to decide which aspect of the sector is best suited to your natural skillset, and which you could see being your future career. Opportunities in the industry could include civil engineering, technical surveyor, architect, building technician, building control officer, town planning assistant and geospatial technician, along with many more.</p>

<p>5. <strong>Financially beneficial!</strong> Some of the careers listed above have great starting salaries, with the opportunity to progress and gain more qualifications while you work, for example a <a href="">degree with UCW</a>. The more skilled you become in your chosen sector, the more you will be financially rewarded! Construction Site Managers can earn, on average, £47,500!</p>

<p>Over <a href="">2,500 employers</a> who work with Weston College are looking to attract their future workforce and give our learners great opportunities to begin their careers. Work placements are often a great way to begin your career, so by studying courses with Weston College and undertaking work experience, we hope to make the process of securing a job smoother and easier!</p>

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<p>Earlier this year Weston College launched Constructing Lives Together in partnership with construction firm, Willmott Dixon, to support local adults in entering the construction industry and it is proving to be successful.</p>

<p>The exciting new initiative is something which is really benefiting the community. Not only are local people gaining the training required to enter the industry through short and sharp courses delivered onsite, but local construction firms are able to access a brand-new stream of employees – a well needed boost for construction employers, with the well reported skills shortages within the sector.</p>

<p>The initiative which is supporting people across the South West is being funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).</p>

<p>The free courses provide candidates with:</p>

<li>Re-employment skills</li>
<li>Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) certificates across a range of disciplines&nbsp;</li>
<li>Health and Safety in a Construction Environment Level 1&nbsp;</li>
<li>Work experience</li>

<p>One employer that has utilised the support of Constructing Lives Together, is Weston based Apache Construction. Director, Ryan Hedges, commented: “During the pandemic we lost some key workers, and we recognised that there was a gap in the market for reliable and like-minded staff. We got in touch with Weston College, who have supported us since we launched, and decided to get involved with the Constructing Lives Together programme.</p>

<p>“The programme has been fantastic for us. We have hired three people full-time in the last three months, all coming through the programme. Each recruit has been a real breath of fresh air for the organisation and are really supporting us with filling our skills gaps.</p>

<p>“It has offered us the opportunity to interview people practically, and has opened a brand-new talent pool, with our recruits hitting the ground running!”</p>

<p><a href="">Find out more about Constructing Lives Together, and how it can support you by clicking here.</a></p>

<p>Hear from each of the three successful Apache Construction recruits, in the video below.</p>

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<p>I am Kacey Allen, the Office Manager and PA to the director of Bespoke Building and Carpentry. We do anything from renovations and conversions to new builds, using the latest cutting-edge technology, tools and products.</p>

<p>Due to the pandemic, cost increases have created challenges for us, as well as the availability of materials decreasing, creating a huge issue in the construction industry, leading to delays in jobs and price changes to both us and clients. Alongside this, there was a shortage of skilled workers generally, meaning not enough carpenters and groundworkers for us. As we have two newbuilds currently underway in Weston and Wedmore, we definitely needed to increase the support in our workload.</p>

<p>With the help of Weston College and the <a href="">Constructing Lives Together</a> programme, we were able to take on some eager-to-learn labourers and give Bespoke the support we needed with the general labouring jobs in the team, to help produce top quality services and products, particularly in the newbuilds currently being worked on. Each of the workers had completed training in Health and Safety, Construction Industry Training Board, and Construction Skills Certification Scheme, as well as gaining re-employment skills – which has been really beneficial to us!</p>

<p>Over the next few months we will be engaging with Constructing Lives Together again to continue to build our team and hopefully fill the shortage of skilled workers and reduce the delay in jobs we were struggling with before.</p>

<p>We would definitely recommend this programme to other construction firms who are looking to recruit newly trained workers, as you can ensure they will be willing to learn and looking for experience on the job. Furthermore, this programme provides an effective process of finding if the individual is suitable and a good match to the company before making your final decision.</p>

<p>We are excited to see what the future holds for both Constructing Lives Together and Bespoke Building and Carpentry, and look forward to taking on new skilled workers.</p>

<p><em>Kacey Allen, Bespoke Building and Carpentry.</em></p>

<p><a href="">You can find out more about Constructing Lives Together by clicking here.</a></p>

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