The EU puts professional skills at the service of the green transition – EURACTIV.com

The European Commission is helping Member States, businesses and workers to prepare for the major efforts required by green and digital transitions. It does this through various initiatives and platforms, focusing its action on the labor market and vocational training. Commissioners Nicolas Schmit and Margaritis Schinas give explanations.

Nicolas Schmit is the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights. Margaritis Schinas is the Vice-President of the Commission responsible for promoting the European way of life.

In these difficult times, the EU is stepping up its efforts to help people fleeing the Ukrainian war find their place in the labor market, if they so wish. The EU and its Member States are there to help them take stock of their qualifications, benefit from vocational education and training, and get an apprenticeship or employment contract.

We are also convinced of the need to establish a climate-neutral economy in Europe and the rest of the world. This requires a colossal effort from the public, companies and, in some cases, entire sectors. It also means that many workers will have to leave their jobs in traditional fossil fuel-based sectors for new environmentally friendly sectors and “green jobs” in all sectors facing a shortage of labour force.

For example, in the construction sector, the European Green Pact is expected to create 487,000 new jobs in the EU by 2030. Almost 70% of these jobs will be for manual and intelligent workers. qualified students, usually vocational education and training (VET).

Thanks to its close links with the labor market and job-based training, VET can help workers to recycle themselves into these new green technologies and move from one job to another without unemployment.

The Commission is helping Member States transform their VET systems to adapt them to the ecological transition. For example, Erasmus + funding helps to create centers of professional excellence. These centers bring together local partners with a wide variety of profiles to create “skills ecosystems” and contribute to regional development. Other projects are underway, such as GREENOVET, the European platform for excellence and vocational training in the service of green innovation, EPLUG, the Union’s platform for urban ecology, and 3LOE, professional excellence of the green economy.

The Skills Pact is another strategy launched by the Commission to help companies and workers prepare for the green and digital transition. The Pact offers all partners a forum through which they can discuss current and future needs in terms of skills and establish collaborations. This makes it possible to match the supply and demand of talent in Europe. To date, more than 600 organizations have committed to providing the necessary skills to 6 million people, and this is just the beginning.

Our goal is to ensure that by 2030 60% of all adults in the EU can attend training each year. Member States can use EU grants to invest in retraining and improving the skills of employees, to complement the education and training they initially received. In France, the European Social Fund has co-financed initiatives such as “Training in food trade”, which offers young people who do not work and are not in education or training the opportunity to train in catering and do internships and training in a company. to eventually obtain a diploma.

The sixth European Week of Professional Skills will take place across Europe from 16 to 20 May 2022. To find out how to get involved and what education and training can do for you, visit our website. No time to waste

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