Traditionally jobs have been split into blue collar (typically manual roles) and white collar (typically work done at a desk), but increasingly the idea of green collar jobs has begun to take shape.
Green collar work is focused on improving the environment, and is seen as central to economic recovery and growth in the coming years. These jobs can be manual or professional roles and can relate to anything 'green', from reducing the amount of plastic waste to producing cleaner energy. Think people who work at wind farms, those involved with electric vehicle infrastructure, running recycling plants or energy efficiency initiatives.
Here are some examples of real green collar workers from within our company, looking at what each of their roles involve and the pathways that led them into their area of work.
Cable Engineering Manager Caroline tells us about her work on North Sea Link – the world’s longest subsea cable, which shares clean energy between the UK and Norway – plus the importance of diversity within the energy industry and why it’s an exciting time to join the ‘green collar’ workforce.Read more about Caroline
Sarah, who is based in Massachusetts, tells us about the actual light bulb moment that inspired her career and led to her role of finding lower carbon ways to heat homes in the Northeastern US.Read more about Sarah