In order to achieve the climate goals, the Netherlands needs roughly 23,000 to 28,000 extra employees who work on the energy transition, according to research by research agency Ecorys commissioned by the Dutch Sustainable Energy Association (NVDE).
According to the organization, the number of people with technical vocational training is declining and more investment in retraining and education is needed.
According to the NVDE, students who choose MBO technology "actually have a job guarantee" and the demand for such skilled people is increasing.
On the other hand, there will be approximately 24,000 fewer MBO technology students until 2030 and that the number of students in higher vocational education is also seeing a decline, according to the association.
"In order to make the energy transition a success, an active labor market policy is therefore also necessary in addition to climate policy", the organization states.
"Tens of thousands of professionals are needed. These people, with their knowledge and skills, must eventually put the energy transition into practice."
The NVDE therefore advocates, among other things, abolishing tuition fees for MBO technology, giving girls who choose that direction an extra bonus and giving MBO students a title upon graduation.
There should also be a retraining fund for people who "lose their job in the old energy supply or are now unemployed due to corona, for example".