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Sustainable skills shortages set to worsen

The Academy for Sustainable Communities has re-commissioned its report into the country’s skill shortage to include recent Government announcements including the new homes and carbon targets.

ASC chief executive Dr Gill Taylor, who noted the already significant gaps in last year’s projected 2012 data compiled by Arup, warned "the data is now coming out to us and the chart is getting worse and worse".

The original report - Mind the Skills Gap: A Review of the Skills We Need for Sustainable Communities - released last September found a number of professions in the sustainable communities sector could experience significant labour shortages in the next five years.

This included a 91 per cent gap in the required number of architects and urban designers, a 74 per cent gap in sustainable development experts and a 73 per cent gap in regeneration professionals.

Speaking on the last day of Ecobuild Dr Taylor said the ASC would be releasing a report next week which also reveals a significant disparity in the current number of brownfield experts compared to the required levels industry demand.

She added: "This is a big problem… we don’t have enough people with the right skills and awareness to deliver sustainable communities."