Sustainability Skills Survey

Welcome to the first of two short surveys which make up the Skills for Green Jobs workstream, a project being delivered through a partnership between the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC) and Cornwall Marine Network (CMN).

In June 2022, it was highlighted by the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC) within their "Skills for Green Jobs Position Paper" that the MSC adopts the following definition of 'green' in relation to skills and jobs as:

1.  Jobs/Skills that are green by nature (such as ecologists and conservationists).
2. Jobs/Skills which have a green purpose but are redirecting transferable skills.
3.  Supporting skills such as communication and community engagement on green issues.
4.  Supporting skills needed to make a business 'greener' to operate.

This survey will address the latter points from above, the supporting skills, which can be identified as 'sustainability skills'.  The first two points will be addressed in the second survey due for release later in the year, which will specifically target 'green skills' for jobs in the maritime sector.

The purpose of this survey is to not only identify the demand for sustainability skills in the sector, but also to add clarity on the Skills for Green Jobs workstream as it progresses, especially in the differentiation between the two terms of 'sustainability' and 'green'.  To ensure the data collected is not clouded in confusion between the definition of the two terms, a survey is dedicated to each term.

For this survey, 'sustainability skills' includes technology and innovation skills, operational management skills, and monitoring and evaluation skills connected to the maritime sector.  These skills are broad and general, leaving the path clear to hone in on the specific skills required for green jobs in the second survey. 

The findings from this survey will feed in to the Skills for Green Jobs report, will shed some light on the green skills shortage in the maritime sector, and ultimately assist in populating a comprehensive matrix highlighting the demand and supply of green skills training both on a regional and national scale.

By completing this survey candidly and honestly, the true extent of the skills gap and shortages in the sector can be realised and remedied. 

Thank you for taking part and making a difference.