1000 Green Jobs in West Yorkshire 

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, is looking for businesses to pledge their support to offer young people training and opportunities to create 1,000 skilled, well paid, green jobs for young people and make our region net zero by 2038. Register your details below.

Create 1,000 well paid, skilled jobs for young people

A West Yorkshire Green Jobs Taskforce has been set up by Tracy Brabin to deliver key pledge of creating 1,000 green jobs for young people.

The government’s Green Jobs Taskforce defined a green job as ‘employment in an activity that directly contributes to - or indirectly supports - the achievement of the UK's net zero emissions target and other environmental goals, such as nature restoration and mitigation against climate risks.’

Such a broad definition reflects that almost every organisation and occupation in West Yorkshire has an opportunity to contribute to tackling our climate emergency, whether working in low carbon sectors, ensuring a just transition for high carbon sectors, or making environmentally friendly changes to their working practices.  

The new Green Jobs Taskforce will bring together experts from business, education and training, and the third and public sectors. Its goal is to position West Yorkshire as a leader and set out a roadmap to deliver the skills and jobs needed to address the climate emergency.

The new Green Jobs Taskforce will oversee the development of the Mayoral Green Jobs Gateway, which will provide 1,000 well paid, skilled, green jobs for young people and ensure that West Yorkshire has the pipeline of talent needed to realise its ambitious target of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038 with significant progress by the end of the decade.

Estimates show that West Yorkshire has the potential to create over 70,000 good, new, high skilled jobs in the green economy by the middle of the century, and 40,000 of them by 2030.

I’m calling on all businesses across our region to stand with me and pledge jobs.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

"Our young people have been so hard hit by the pandemic over the past 18 months, with 16,000 of our 16 to 24-year olds currently unemployed. I want to offer them a brighter future with good, skilled, well-paid jobs as part of a green recovery for West Yorkshire.

“The launch of the Green Jobs Taskforce is the first step to delivering on my pledge of creating 1,000 skilled, well paid, green jobs for young people. I offer my thanks to Northern Power Grid for joining the taskforce and their proposal to create 1000 new roles for young people.

“I’m calling on all businesses across our region to stand with me and pledge jobs - see our website to find out how you can get involved.”

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