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How much do young people know about the green economy? A new government poll has found out


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Ahead of Green GB Week, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have released results from their poll on how young people understand the green economy’s opportunities.

The National Student has received exclusive insight into the results from the poll of one thousand 18 – 24-year olds from across the UK.

One thousand people aged 18 – 24 from across the UK were polled, and the results show that around two thirds (65%) of young people in the country would prefer a job in the green economy, working out at around 3,700,000 people in the age group.

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Yet, despite many young people showing an interest in working in the economy sector, the poll shows that the majority of young people do not realise the breadth of green collar jobs that are available.

While most think of jobs such as wind turbine engineer and sustainability manager when considering the green economy, there is less understanding that insurance brokers and financial analysts could also work in this economy sector.

The poll also showed that 70% of 18 – 24-year olds underestimate how many jobs are likely to be created in this economy sector in the next decade.

While it is estimated that up to 2 million ‘green collar’ jobs could be created by 2030, seven out of ten young people expect there to be a million or less jobs created by that date.

These statistics are announced ahead of the first Green GB Week which will focus on showcasing the benefits of clean growth for all areas of society, as well as highlighting how businesses and the public can contribute to tackling climate change.

Laura Mackenzie. Image: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

One young person working in the green economy is Laura Mackenzie, a 26-year-old Forecasting Analyst at Good Energy. She describes the green industry as “on the up”.

“It feels really good to work in a sector that has strong social and environmental values. It makes you feel proud and happy,” says Laura. “It really IS the future.” 


Green GB Week launches on 15 October. To find out more, visit the Green GB campaign website here.

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