Get socially mobile, go green
What better way to unleash aspirations than growing the green economy? No doubt Alan Milburn is right when he says that, “Too many able children from average income and middle class families are losing out in the race for professional jobs.”
But this isn’t just about the journey from council house to cabinet that Milburn comments on self-referentially in his Introduction to Unleashing Aspiration. As Brendan remarked yesterday, “The Government must also look at where new jobs are being created – such as green manufacturing – and ensure these are not affected by the same elitism that has dogged professions like medicine and law.”
Our low carbon jobs strategy holds out the potential to grow from around 880,000 now, directly or in supply chains, to over 1 million by 2015. As the LCIS rightly says, “These are skilled jobs, with the average market value per employee well above the national average.”
But where are we at, if not an underdeveloped green economy? The IPPR asked low carbon employers about their recruitment problems:
“Employers found it most difficult to recruit high calibre senior managers and professionals, although 7 organisations also reporting difficulties in recruiting technical staff. In the majority of cases, vacancies were hard to fill because employers found it difficult to find people with the right skills, qualifications or work experience.”
A new aspiration for manifesto writers, perhaps?