Colleges are key to climate action – they will supply workers for the green economy, says College Development Network.

Colleges need to be at the centre of climate change emergency plans – or the national response will not be successful, the chief executive of the College Development Network has said.

Speaking exclusive to Tes, Jim Metcalfe said getting to net-zero must be a huge objective for Scottish colleges in the next 10 years.

He said: ‘Unless the college sector is absolutely at the centre of it [tackling the climate emergency], I don’t think our national response can work, because we won’t have the workforce to do what we need to do as a country in the next 20 years.’

‘But also, I don’t think our students will buy it. I don’t think our students, long-term, would accept a system that is disinterested in one of the things causing them genuine anxiety and concern. Quite rightly, they’ll expect a response of us. As a system, we are working on that now, and that’s going to be a huge objective for the next 10 years. It’s something we have to get right.’

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