Green Investment Bank 'likely to benefit energy engineers'

05 July 2010

More skilled professionals will be needed in the UK energy sector if plans for a Green Investment Bank (GIB) are successful, one expert has stated.

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC's) Director of Engineering and the Technical Sector, hundreds of new positions for experts in the field will be generated.

Phil Higgins explained that raising levels of funding in the renewable energy sector will breath "a bit of life into the construction industry", as well as benefiting engineers.

He noted that the "relatively new" sector is experiencing talent shortages that could be addressed by using some funding to provide additional training, while universities are likely to generate new professionals in the future.

"We do have some transferable skills in the UK mainly from the manufacturing industry where money could be invested in re-skilling for future green developments," the REC representative explained.

Mr Higgins' remarks come after the Guardian reported a commission of specialists has concluded that the proposed GIB will particularly benefit engineers skilled in the operation of energy technology.

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