New skills for green jobs

The project “New skills for green jobs. A case for a more gender inclusive labour market?” is co-funded by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the framework of the PROGRESS programme. In line with the European Employment Strategy and Europe 2020, the project aims at promoting an adequate skills base to support the transition towards a green economy. The need of achieving a green sustainable economy is widely recognised at the EU level, as a means for stimulating economic development and growth and for reducing unemployment and improving job quality in the context of the economic downturn.

The project stems from the recognition that the green economy will affect all sectors and consequently all occupations and skills will need to be adapted to new demands and that each related technology will require a mixture of skills consisting of both specific skills related for example to ad hoc technological expertise and accompanied by generic skills such as good communication skills for counselling business and consumers, as well as the skill to manage and lead multidisciplinary teams. It is in the light of this more holistic approach that it has been said that the green economy will create a new skills paradigm.

Project objectives

The overall aim of the project is to support the growth of the green economy by means of adequate and effective training policies. To this effect it is important to develop education and training systems to support continuously changing requirements in accordance with new occupational standards.

Moving towards a greener economy thus poses a major challenge, that of ensuring through fair and effective training strategies that: i) there is an adequate human capital base to support this transition, anticipating skills shortage and mismatches, and ii) all segments of the labour force benefit from such strategies, including women, who run the risk of being marginalised by the labour market changes that the advent of the green economy will bring along.

Within this framework the project aims at promoting mutual learning among partners and key stakeholders at all governance levels and enhancing transferability of the most effective strategies to provide training for new skills in green technologies, including in the field of “green” skills forecasting, and by paying a special attention to the “gender sensitivity” of identified strategies.

Project activities

The project is articulated into three methodological steps:

  • Building the knowledge base and the conceptual framework for analysis;
  • The mutual learning process and exchange of good practices;
  • Dissemination and follow up.

Expected results

The project will result in the identification of:

  • Tools for the early identification of skills needs for the greening of the economy;
  • Initiatives improving the efficiency and adequacy of existing training practices in partners’ countries (and at the wider EU level), with a focus on encouraging the active participation of women.

Among the project results, a Good Practice Catalogue will be prepared, collecting the identified good practices.