The requirements for green economy and green skills are shaping up the future of employment landscape. Environmental degradation and change signal the urgency for inclusive economies that maintain their global edge and at the same time operate under greener principles.
In other words, redefining economic activities to abide by principles that respect natural resources’ and promote net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
In fact, the European Green Deal implementation is intended to expand in various aspects of everyday life and to impact citizens’ present and future.
Green economy and green skills in demand
Green transition impacts the job sectors in different ways and extents; and, obviously, sets the employment standards, among others.
For this purpose, European Skills Agenda sets the context of skills’ baseline for businesses and individuals. The aim of the agenda is to contribute to sustainable economies by integrating green and social parameters. In addition, the pandemic stressed out the need for adopting a resilient stance, when challenging situations emerge, a fact that added to the context of the agenda.
The building blocks of the agenda are:
- Pact for Skills.
- Initiatives ensuring responsive skills for jobs.
- Encourage lifelong learning, through pertinent tools and initiatives.
- Skills’ investment frame.
Pact for Skills
The Pact for Skills is a synergy for the development of an EU skills model for upskilling and reskilling purposes, for the achievement of the digital, green, and resilience goals.
The core of Pact for Skills consists of the following principles:
- Cultivating lifelong learning mentality.
- Encouraging strong skills partnership.
- Monitor offered skills and any pertinent gaps, that will also serve the purpose of forecasting skills.
- Promote gender equality, non-discrimination, and equal opportunities.
The employment of tomorrow
Undoubtedly, green economy and green skills will be conducive to the employment transformation. In other words, the future employment will:
- Shift to green employment.
- Require workforce that will have to be skilled and reskilled.
- Change current workplace circumstances.
MOTHER is an Erasmus+ project, launched to become a steppingstone for youth in the entrepreneurial world. Specifically, the consortium aims to reinforce youth to reach the maximum of their entrepreneurial potential. To this end, the initiative foresees the provision of training, mobility, and cooperation opportunities, as means to cultivate entrepreneurial mindset.
Find out more on MOTHER activities on the promotion of youth entrepreneurship, here.
Author: Anastasia Oikonomoula – iED Team