Green Industries

In Greater Manchester we have a mission to live in a 'carbon-neutral' way by 2038. That means cleaner air, electric vehicles, energy efficient buildings, switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy, new technologies and protecting nature.

The growth of Green Industries, and the vision for Greater Manchester to be 'carbon neutral by 2038', means there are more job opportunities in this sector. Hear local companies talk, at the Green Industries Skills Fair, about what skills they need from future employees.

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The jobs are very varied and will focus on improving the energy efficiency of homes, low carbon transport, creating clean energy locally, increasing biodiversity and protecting nature. In time, all jobs will be 'green jobs'. Key employers are construction companies, universities or reseach companies, utility (electricity and water) companies.

Example jobs in this sector

Job Description

Electrical engineers design, build and maintain electrical systems, machinery and equipment. For example, local projects to generate electricity using wind or solar power.

Engineers are likely to draw up plans and circuit diagrams, estimate costs and project timings, test installations and make sure they're are safe.


Salary Range

£20,000 - £60,000

Working environment

You could work in a factory, at a power station, in a workshop, at a research facility or in an office.

Hours

35 - 40 hours a week

Opportunities

Electrical engineers can learn their skills either through university, college or an apprenticeship. You could work in different industries, from power and renewable energy to transport, construction and manufacturing.

Job Description

Smart meter installers are specially trained to removed old gas and electricity meters and replace them with digital meters. Customers can then better monitor how much fuel they use.


Salary Range

£15,000 - £25,000

Working environment

You could work at a customer's home or at a business. Your working environment might be cramped and you'll travel between each job.2

Hours

40 to 44 hours per week

Opportunities

You can train or retrain at college or an apprenticeship. You could progress to be a supervisor and manage other installers or move into electrical engineering with more training.

Job Description

Project managers make sure that work happens on time and for an agreed price. You'll be good at planning, leading a team and making sure people do what they're meant to do.


Salary Range

£22,000 - £70,000

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a customer's business.

Hours

37 to 39 hours a week.

Opportunities

With experience, you could move into senior management or work for yourself as a consultant.

Job Description

Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them. They find new ways of creating buildings that use less energy, natural resources and improve people's quality of life.


Salary Range

£27,500 - £90,000

Working environment

You could work in a creative studio, in an office or visit sites.

Hours

35 to 40 hours a week.

Opportunities

If you're working for a private architectural company, you may be able to move up to become a partner or associate. You could also work on projects as a freelance consultant, or set up your own business.

Job Description

Roofers re-slate and tile roofs, fit skylight windows, fit insulation and can fit solar panels that produce clean electricity for the building. They have a good knowledge of buildings and construction, use maths to work out angles and how much material to buy. Roofers work with their hands and are physically fit.


Salary Range

£17,000 - £35,000

Working environment

You could work on a construction site, at a customer's business or home. Your working environment may be at height, dirty and outdoors in all weathers.

Hours

42 to 44 hours a week, some weekends.

Opportunities

You could become a roofing surveyor to estimate costs and work with architects. With a lot of experience, you could train apprentices, set up your own business or specialise in preserving old buildings.

What to expect in the next 10 years

Greater Manchester has big ambitions to grow green industries. Many homes and buildings need to be updated with the latest technologies, like smart meters, car charging points, insulation and solar panels. This is called retrofitting and a lot of people are needed to do this, now and in the future.

Research and development of new technologies, that protect the environment, are becoming more important. For example, careers in manufacturing to reduce the use of plastic and careers in science to invent better ways to power cars and trucks.

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