The drive towards green jobs and green skills has taken its toll on every nation. More and more countries are doing their share to level up with the current trend in generating green jobs and green skills. Previously, the Obama administration has announced that US is investing on hundred billion dollars to roll out green projects and measures, other countries are planning to follow suit.
China has already reinforced intensive spending of hundred billion dollar stimulus package on green products and services. Japan on the other hand is offering zero-interest loans for environmentally friendly projects and programs. Europe is not to be left behind as renewable energy firms employ around 400,000 green workers and this figure is still rising. Ready to face the challenge is Australia. However, a lot has to be done to be able to position itself to be one of the leading “green-market” providers globally. Going green is an opportunity for Australia to have a sustainable future while rebuilding its economy.
Australia should intensity its green investment in skills at the same time giving the balance on re-training and re-skilling of existing workers. An intense training must be put up to give existing blue collar jobs the skills needed to operate on new green technologies and encourage newbies to take on green jobs. A concerted effort between the government and the business sector must be done to strengthen the skills effort of the workers; a must for a country vying to have a decrease in carbon footprints and at the same time improving the welfare of its workforce.
To attain economic sustainability and environmentally responsible nation, policy setting should be enhanced. It should push for the demand on energy and water efficiency infrastructures and creation of eco industries like solar plants, wind turbines and the like. Understanding green skills should be placed on the top of Australia’s agenda.
The government and the business sector should be ready to spend huge budget to provide a stimulus package for green jobs which includes skilled labor force to work on manufacturing green products, organic farming, recycling, reusing, and renewable energy construction and services. Given effective policy measure, Australia stands to have an edge on green market and green industries like renewable energy, biomaterials, green buildings and waste recycling.