Thousands of skilled manufacturing jobs are likely to be created over the next decade with government support for nuclear and clean coal, the UK’s biggest union is expected to announce.

Unite is bringing together some of the biggest companies from the power generation industry and manufacturers of energy components for a London conference. They will explore opportunities for job creation as well as the potential for exports, the Press Association said.

Speakers at the conference will include Business Secretary Lord Mandelson and officials from Scottish Power, RWE and npower.

“Nuclear power, clean coal and carbon capture technology are key to meeting our future energy needs while reducing CO2 emissions,” Unite’s national officer Dougie Rooney told the Press Association.

Rooney also said he thought about 10,000 skilled manufacturing jobs could be created as a result of the drive towards clean energy.