Cagliari Conference: the way to go ahead on Green Jobs incubation

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The fourth event of the Egrejob project took place in Cagliari on 19-20 May, with the local assistance of the Regional Employment Agency of Sardinia. The event was not only the occasion to discuss the valuable findings of the territorial research on Green Jobs going on in Tunisia, Lebanon, Spain and Italy and to refine the future activities to be carried out in the different countries. It was also the first chance trainees and trainers from the different participating regions had to meet each other and debate Green Economy issues.

The first Training Exchange Seminar (TES) saw the participation of 32 young Engineers and Architects attending training modules in the countries involved on different green topics. The discussion, facilitated by experts, forced participating youngsters to reflect upon the scope and potential of Green Jobs and on the skills and competences necessary for successfully performing in the different professions covered by the area. The green specialization sectors selected as object of the training sessions were identified following the analysis conducted by country researchers and coordinated by ITC ILO.

In Tunisia the choice fell on Solar Energy, in agreement with CGDR, considered the actual needs and the big potentials of the country in the field. The Green Jobs assessment coordinated by Tuscany Region stressed the need for energy experts capable of dealing with sustainable demands at a wider territorial level by using the model of Energy Services Companies led by ESCO managers, as subjects who are able to finance a company’s activity through the energy savings obtained. The District of Higher Chouf in Lebanon focused on green professions connected with Tourism and Agriculture while Sardinia is moving towards the enhancement of Smart Grids managerial capacities. As regards Spain, the Chamber of Commerce of Terrassa decided to provide specialization courses on Energy Efficiency, as demanded by the Catalonian region, whereas in Andalucia the research led in conjunction with the Development Agency IDEA stressed the need to create Sustainable Building experts.

The second (and last) meeting will take place in Sousse (Tunisia) on 11 and 12 June 2015. As the development of entrepreneurial activities and mindsets is considered essential by the project, the second TES will focus on the development of business models to be adapted to concrete entrepreneurial ‘Green Jobs’ ideas and will move from the simultaneous reinforcement of networking among the involved trainees, thus enhancing international cooperation opportunities through confrontation with peers.

These activities represent one of the first attempts to create an Euro-Mediterranean incubation system, by building an expert network capable of cooperating on the new and diverse skills needed by ‘green’ professionals.

 

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