Sustainable Employment, Integration and Sustainable Energy Development

Ariel Bergmann, Ronald McQuaid

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


    Purpose: This paper considers the development of ‘green’ jobs in Scotland where the government has sought to develop renewable and sustainable energy industries and associated employment. It briefly considers approaches to improving the quality of jobs for new entrants to the industry.

    Design/methodology/approach: This research is based a review of evidence on employment in renewable energy industries in Scotland and some related policies.

    Findings: Government employment forecasts/projections have been lower than projected. While there are some specific skills development initiatives by the government, in general labour market policies have been driven by principles of ‘Work First’ approaches but require a more ‘Careers First’ approach.

    Originality/value: The links between support for those moving from unemployment into jobs linked to sustainable industries have been under researched. Rather than relying on general ‘Work First’ policies and separate industry specific skills initiatives for those already in work, more attention needs to be given to developing sustainable employment with career progression for unemployed people moving into the industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorld Sustainable Development Outlook 2015
    Subtitle of host publicationGreen Behaviour: Re-thinking policy for sustainability
    EditorsAllam Ahmed
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherWorld Association for Sustainable Development
    ISBN (Print)9781907106354
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
    EventOutlook 2015 13th International World Association for Sustainable Development Conference: GREEN BEHAVIOR: Re-Thinking Policy for Sustainability - Istanbul, Turkey
    Duration: 1 Jun 20153 Jun 2015
    Conference number: 13

    Publication series

    NameWorld Sustainable Development Outlook Book Series
    PublisherWorld Association for Sustainable Develiopment (WASD)
    ISSN (Print)1748-8133


    ConferenceOutlook 2015 13th International World Association for Sustainable Development Conference
    Abbreviated titleOutlook 2015 WASD Conference


    • Employment
    • Renewable Energy
    • Scotland
    • Industrial policy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
    • General Energy


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