Training and skills for workers in the environmental sector are paramount if the Government is serious about creating green jobs, the Centre for Remanufacturinghas said.
During stakeholder talks about designing products to ease disassembly and reuse at the end-of-life stage, discussion turned to the need for skills in this area.
Oakdene Hollins head of remanufacturing David Parker said: We think theres a skills aspect to this that has been under-addressed.
We recognise that in remanufacturing theres the issue of the availability of skills that have been lost in the manufacturing sector [as that sector has reduced in size in the UK].
These manufacturing skills would be useful for remanufacturing and we are finding that people are having to redeploy these skills.
Representatives from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform were present at the meeting and were receptive to these ideas, Parker said.
He added that although no one from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was present, they too had expressed interest in the issue.