Training Innovation for Circularity and Holistic Economies

  • Project no.352568
  • Duration 11/2021 - 04/2024

In 2015, the European Commission adopted a specific Action Plan for speeding up the European transition forwarding the circular economy, boosting global competitiveness and generating new jobs. "Green jobs" are expected to grow more than 80 per cent of jobs by 2030 both at medium and high levels. What is required is a holistic approach to sustainability and green innovation, foreseeing these issues as guiding principles for the education systems. Green skills include specific skills to modify products, services, or operations due to climate change adjustments, requirements or regulations.

At partner countries level, the common emerging needs that the project assumes as baseline are related to the increasing requests of both a green skilled workforce and entrepreneurs with a "green mindset". Considering this context, the project aims at establishing an European VET Academy on Circular Economy, based on a transnational cooperation of a very experienced and complementary partnership, (including associated partners), joining research centres, vet centres, universities, SMEs, clusters, umbrella organisations and international networks, as well as public administrations.

The project members will work together as an ecosystem to increase capacity building and responsiveness of the VET systems, according to an "European Training Area". Also, it is the responsibility of the Wuppertal Institute to provide a comprehensive overview of the skills required to make the transition from the current linear system to a circular economy.

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