Skills shortage threat to net zero


08 February 2022

Building engineering services body Actuate UK says that skills shortages are hampering ambitions to deliver net zero emission buildings. While the number of engineering services apprentices starting out in England in 2022 is back to pre-Covid levels, many more new starters are needed if we are to achieve net zero by 2050. 

In the 15th National Apprenticeship Week, there is good news for the sector. Building Engineering Services make up almost half (42%) of this year’s construction intake, but labour remains in short supply.

Helen Yeulet, representing Actuate UK Skills Group, said: “There is much to celebrate in this year’s National Apprenticeship Week. We welcome the large number of new recruits starting out in our sector. 

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"But, as one of the fastest growing industries responding to climate change, we can’t be complacent. We need more investment in training across the sector to achieve the UK’s net zero targets. Industry and government must work together to overcome the skills shortage and deliver the much needed homes of the future.''

Actuate UK is working across the building engineering services and the wider industry to map skills shortages against available training provision to identify gaps. This is a key step to help the industry deliver on safety and net zero carbon targets.

Actuate UK