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Future Skills for Future Green Works

Future Skills for Future Green Works

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It is a european commission's study of new skills for new jobs: anticipating and matching labour market and skills needs.
It is a european commission's study of new skills for new jobs: anticipating and matching labour market and skills needs.

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RESEARCH PAPER
Future skill needsfor the green economy
Luxembourg:Publications Office of the European Union, 2009
 
The
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
(Cedefop) isthe European Union’s reference centre for vocational education and training. Weprovide information on and analyses of vocational education and training systems,policies, research and practice.Cedefop was established in 1975 by Council Regulation (EEC) No 337/75.Europe 123570 01 Thessaloniki (Pylea)GREECEPostal Address:PO Box 22427551 02 ThessalonikiGREECETel. +30 2310490111Fax +30 2310490020E-mail: info@cedefop.europa.euwww.cedefop.europa.eu Aviana Bulgarelli,
Director 
Christian Lettmayr,
Deputy 
 
Directeur 
Peter Kreiml,
Chair of the Governing Board 
  A great deal of additional information on the European Union is available on theInternet.It can be accessed through the Europa server (http://europa.eu).Cataloguing data can be found at the end of this publication.Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2009ISBN
978-92-896-01617-2
978-92-896-0617-2
ISSN
 
1831-2403
 ©
 
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, 2009Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.
 
 
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Foreword
Environmental challenges raise serious concerns for the welfare of current and futuregenerations. Responses should be driven by independent but commonly reinforcing policiesfor environment, energy, transportation, employment, and training. Internationalorganisations are joining their forces to help realise the potential for green jobs with theparticipation of employers and employees.The initiative
New skills for new jobs: anticipating and matching labour market and skillsneeds,
launched by the European Commission (
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) responds to the Council’s (Education,Youth and Culture, November 2007 and Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer  Affairs, June 2008) and European Council (December 2007, March 2008) requests to theCommission to present a comprehensive assessment of future skills requirements in Europeup to 2020 and to propose further steps to anticipate future needs. Strengtheninginternational cooperation with global partners is crucial to address the impact of climatechange and the economic crisis.The recent green jobs initiative (UNEP, ILO, ITUC and IOE) highlighted the dualchallenge of green jobs: to make economic growth and development compatible with climatestabilisation and a sustainable environmental footprint. The shift towards greening theeconomy will require the second greatest economic transformation after the industrialrevolution. We have not paid enough attention to the social dimension of sustainabledevelopment: its implications for employment, training and decent work.This publication examines the links between education, training, employment andenvironment policies. Green sectors will require new jobs, but they will also need to redefinemany existing job profiles. The demand for new related skills will also rise in mostoccupations. To meet this challenge, education and training systems will need to supply awell-trained, highly skilled labour force. Training and guidance services that steer peopletowards jobs in growing sectors should focus on skills related to energy efficiency andrenewable energy implementation. Putting in place the right training programmes for employees in declining sectors will help European economies redeploy workers who aredifficult to place. A well-trained and environmentally aware workforce will also be moreinnovative in improving resource efficiency. To achieve this we need comprehensive lifelonglearning strategies and training systems that integrate sustainable development and ensurethat the right skills are supplied.To discuss and explore these challenges Cedefop organised a workshop which showedthat ‘green skills’ are not only needed in the eco-industry itself. Practically all jobs will need todevelop knowledge and skills related to the environment, such as the efficient use of energy.We will all need to learn how to think about the consequences of our work practices andtypes of adjustments required. Aviana Bulgarelli
Director of Cedefop
 
(
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) European Commission (2008). Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament,the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions:new skills for new jobs; anticipating and matching labour market and skills needs. Luxembourg:Publications Office (COM(2008) 86
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