The definition of a Green Job can be either broad and all-encompassing or narrow and highly selective, it’s up to you! Everybody will have their own definition of a Green Job and this will vary depending on the combination of their personal preferences and world views.
At UKYCC we would like to suggest a few of our own characteristics of a green job to help you structure your own vision of what a Green Job means to you.
Green Jobs are long-term, not just for the short-run. This can include training programmes and apprenticeships designed to lead to stable and long-term employment.
Green Jobs provide a way to improve your personal set of working skills and ensure future opportunities for building your career
Green Jobs must be non-exploitative and provide a ‘living wage’, particularly with respect to young people in full-time employment for the first time.
Green Jobs are sustainable and have stewardship of the environment at their core.
- Green Jobs can be ‘indirectly’ or ‘directly’ green…
- ‘Direct’‘Direct’ Green Jobs usually involve the manufacture, installation and maintenance of pieces of environmental technology e.g. solar panels This is how Green Jobs are most commonly referred to. Crucially this includes retrofitting buildings to improve insulation which is the focus of the Green Deal and the Youth for Green Jobs Campaign. Take your own action.
- ‘Indirect’‘Indirect’ Green Jobs are linked to maintaining and improving environmental quality such as through ‘greening’ existing jobs