The importance of sustainability training in the midst of a green skills boom

Do you have the skills to do your job sustainably?

That’s the question Dr Tara Shine and Madeleine Murray answered in the June issue of CLIMATE published by The Sunday Times Ireland on 30 June, 2024.

“If you enjoy training and upskilling, sustainability training can help you stand out from the crowd because demand for sustainability skills is on the rise globally.

The World Economic Forum says the number of green jobs globally has grown by 8% per year in the past five years. According to LinkedIn’s Global Green Skills Report 2023, between 2022 and 2023 alone, the share of green talent in the workforce rose by a median of 12.3 per cent across 48 countries.

However, Shine and Murray warn that companies cannot simply “hire their way out of this skills shortage”.

“There simply aren’t enough skilled people,” Shine says. “Instead, building sustainability skills in the existing workforce will be key. There is an opportunity for employees looking for career progression.”

As for Murray, she says time is of the essence. “Don’t wait – use this summer to gain some sustainability skills and stand out from the crowd. Remind your boss that companies that embrace sustainability outperform their peers by 11%, according to McKinsey. Let you boss know that investing in your sustainability skills will benefit the business in terms of work won, risks managed, and opportunities seized.”

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Article by Change by Degrees about the importance of sustainability skills in the workplace, published in CLIMATE in The Sunday Times Ireland

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