IN LIGHT of the government unveiling its net zero emissions strategy this week business experts in Dorset have highlighted the opportunities for green careers in the county.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board member Luke Rake, who is also the principal of Kingston Maurward College, says there is ‘untapped potential’ in the county’s natural capital.

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“The Dorset natural environment underpins much of our economy and our wellbeing, with more than half the county designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty and home of important local, national and international sites for wildlife,” said Mr Rake.

“Dorset’s ambition to be at the forefront of tackling some of humanity’s biggest challenges and pioneering new approaches to food production, energy generation and climate change is central to Dorset LEP's recently published Dorset Living Better Investment Prospectus.”

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Dorset LEP’s most recent labour market insight report found that green jobs are ‘rapidly expanding’ in the county with 787 vacancies advertised in the first three quarters of 2021, a 73% increase on 2018.