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Career opportunities in Scotland’s low carbon transport sector

Interested in working in Scotland’s low carbon transport sector? We have big ambitions in low carbon transport. At a time of significant industrial change, we're leading the way in our transition to a low carbon economy, making Scotland the ideal place for your career to take off.

Progress your career in Scotland

For a small country, Scotland has big ambitions in low carbon transport:

  • Zero emission railways by 2035
  • Vehicle emission-free city centres by 2030
  • Plans to phase out the need to buy petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032

A diverse range of employers, from start-ups to multinationals, work in our low carbon sector. If you’ve got the skills, there’s an opportunity waiting for you.

Our world firsts in low carbon transport

From electric fire engines and taxis to hydrogen-powered buses and ferries, low emission aircraft and zero emission trains – Scotland is a world-leader in low carbon transport. Did you know that:

Key areas of expertise

Scotland’s low carbon economy employs more than 23,000 people - with a turnover of more than £6 billion. Scotland also has key areas of expertise in:

  • Batteries and energy storage
  • Low carbon heavy duty vehicles
  • Greener railways and hydrogen powered vehicles.

Related sectors to low carbon transport in Scotland include advanced engineering, manufacturing, renewable energy, automotive, aerospace, software and IT, infrastructure and public services.

A wide range of employers

A diverse range of employers from start-ups to multinationals work in Scotland’s low carbon sector across the public and private sectors. They include:

Low carbon transport job types

The variety of job types in low carbon transport is vast. They range from electrical engineering and digital design to active travel and software development.

There are roles in planning, health and safety, finance, IT, marketing and customer services – alongside engineering roles in mechanical, structural, civil engineering and other areas.

Academic excellence

Scotland’s universities are centres of research excellence in areas including transport policy, logistics, fuel cells, batteries and ultra-low emission vehicles.

Sixteen of Scotland’s colleges also provide automotive training, including hybrid and electric vehicle courses, as part of their training programmes. Key hubs include:

Supportive business environment

Scotland is home to many ambitious low carbon transport projects and is supported by a highly connected public, private and academic environment:

Quality of life

Scotland’s rich outdoor wilderness, including mountains, coasts and islands, contribute to our award-winning quality of life, as well as creating the ideal ‘living lab’ to test and scale low carbon technology. Our cities and regions are diverse hubs of history, culture and innovation.

Ready to work in Scotland?

If you’ve got the skills, there’s an opportunity waiting for you. Explore latest jobs from Scottish companies, as well as overseas companies with a base in Scotland.

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