Green Skills Partnership (GSP)


The Green Skills Partnership brings together unions, employers, local councils, environmental organisations, education providers, community groups and state agencies to deliver green skills training in construction, retrofit, horticulture and waste management.

The partnership has evolved from initial experimentation in East London to successful piloting in South London to a broad based partnership for the whole city that is now extending in to the regions. Its original inspiration was the US west coast 'Apollo Alliance' model, of which the IPPR and other organisations including the TUC were responsible for promoting awareness in the UK.

The partnership is co-ordinated by unionlearn and includes numerous London colleges (eg Lewisham, CONEL, South Thames), employers (eg Bovis Lendlease, Lakehouse, Carillion), voluntary sector (eg Groundwork), Job Centre Plus and trade unions (UCU, UCATT, UNITE). The partnership has developed collaborations between training providers, employers, trade unions, the voluntary sector and communities to deliver sustainability training and employment opportunities.

Skill Needs in for Greener Economies conference

Unionlearn presented to the Skill Needs in for Greener Economies conference in Brussels in October 2013. The conference was supported by the European Commission, European Trade Union Congress and Business Europe. The Green Skills Partnership has been identified as one of 20 significant practices across the European Union. Below is a slideshow from the presentation.

Unionlearn conference 2013

Speaking at the unionlearn conference in 2013, Vince Cable MP described the Green Skills Partnership as "at the very heart of a whole lot of different government objectives in relation to energy policy as well as skills training."

Learning Rep magazine

There is an article on Green Skills Partnership in the autumn 2013 edition of Learning Rep magazine.