National World Events to host inaugural North Green Skills Conference at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall

Politicians, business leaders, academics and media from a cross section of sectors will come together in October.

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Building upon the success of our existing Scotland Green Skills Conference, National World Events are delighted to launch the inaugural North Green Skills Conference. 

The race to a net-zero economy relies on the jobs we do and the skills we need. It is now more important than ever for all industries to support in reskilling the job market to meet this growing demand. 

The conference on October 12 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester will bring together politicians, business leaders, academics and media from a cross section of sectors. Speakers and attendees will debate the challenges the North of England face and discuss the best way forward to achieve our shared goals. 

Sustainability in the UK  has never been more important. It is time for all sectors to come together to discuss the skills we need to get our economy back on track.

The Bridgewater Hall will host the event The Bridgewater Hall will host the event
The Bridgewater Hall will host the event

Agenda topics

Skills for a green economic recovery: This session will discuss green skills system in the North, and signals the role that businesses, communities and individuals across the North will play in achieving this. This session will look into more detail on the challenges we face and how we can overcome and achieve our net zero target by 2050.

Closing the green skills gap: In this session experts from RE: geon will showcase how they are closing the green skills and the unemployment gap in the North East.

How are we supporting the green talent pipeline in the North? Ensuring the supply of a skilled workforce to deliver the transition to net zero and support a thriving net zero economy in future will need to be a whole system effort, involving work based learning, further and higher education and research and innovation. It will require action from national agencies, colleges and universities, private and third sector skills providers and employer and professional bodies. This session will explore everything from recruitment to education to skills gateways to help support the green talent pipeline.

Green skills for the future: Looking to the future and the gaps we need to close to achieve a net zero economy.

Reskilling, upskilling and retaining a workforce: The transition to net zero will require significant action from industry, individuals and wider society to upskill and reskill. Some jobs will require specific upskilling or retraining to move to sustainable, green jobs while all jobs will require higher levels of environmental awareness as well as adjustments to reduce emissions, recycle waste materials, and sustainably source products.

Where to buy tickets


Headline sponsor: West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges operates on behalf of seven partners colleges in West Yorkshire bringing businesses, organisations and training providers together to deliver workforce training and skills support. The Green Skills Service offers businesses a one-stop-shop for green skills training and support alongside funded projects such as Collaborative Apprenticeships (ESF) and Skills Connect (Gainshare and DfE) that offer programmes to help people progress with their careers in a variety of sectors.

Joanne Patrickson, Project Director at the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges said: “This conference offers an excellent opportunity for us to share our journey so far with organisations, businesses and individuals who we can work with going forward. One of our strategic priorities is to support our partners and businesses in the region to achieve net zero.

“We are already offering a frontline Green Skills Service to businesses providing resources, events, training courses and a gateway to support for becoming more sustainable. This service is built on a structure of funding and partnerships that allows intelligence gathering about existing gaps, new training to be developed and investment in colleges to grow their capacity to meet the needs of current and future workforces. 

“The conference will be a great way of growing our network of partnerships in the north, and helping to support an event that sparks debate about how to develop the green skills needed to address the climate emergency.”

Support sponsor: RE:geon

An innovative training provider, dedicated to delivering the highest quality of training and development solutions across the North East. They specialise in delivering Domestic Retrofit Training and Green Skills to the Construction Sector with a primary focus on Social Housing.