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Season 1, Episode 8: Will young people be prepared for green jobs?

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In the Catch22Minutes podcast, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We speak to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.

The first season focused on youth employment and was presented by Catch22’s Director of Communications, Melissa Milner. Each episode looked at how society can both prepare young people for today’s job market and improve the opportunities available to all young people.

The government has pledged to create two million green jobs by 2030. But according to consultancy PwC, just 1.2% of all advertised job roles in the last year were linked to the green economy. So if this ambitious target is to be met, then green jobs could – and should – play a key role in helping tackle youth unemployment.

In this episode of Catch22Minutes we ask: What is a green job? How key are green jobs to tackling youth unemployment? And are we seeing more young people wanting to take on jobs that deliver social and environmental impact? We discuss what needs to be done not only to increase the number of green jobs but to get young people excited about them.

Our guests today are Dina Potter, Vice President and Global Head of Social Impact at National Grid, and Luke Murphy, Associate Director for Energy, Climate, Housing and Infrastructure at the Institute of Public Policy Research and Head of IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission.

Our panellists

Dina Potter

Luke Murphy