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Egrejob networking with other EU projects


On 6th October 2015 Tuscany Region was in Brussels to present the results of the project Egrejob to a very specialized audience, com- posed of private and public institutions involved in the management of projects on Green Jobs topics financed by the European Commission. The initiative was taken by EUREC, the Association of Europe- an Research Centres in Renewable Energy and during the meeting some presentations were given about interesting projects going on, like KNOWres (Knowledge Centre for Renewable Energy Jobs), led by EUREC, UNI-SET (Mobilizing the research, innovation and educational capacities of Europe’s Universities in the SET-Plan), led by EUA (European University Association) or BioEnergy Train, led by ESEIA (European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance).

The project Egrejob was deeply appreciated for its ambitious objectives and for its wide ranging actions, encompassing research, training and incubation, commitment building. A lot of space was left during the meeting for the discussion above specific interaction possibilities among the projects and for building future partnerships in view of strengthening reciprocate efforts to pro- mote Green Jobs opportunities at different levels. As concerns the current synergies to be put in place, the participation of the pre- sent organizations within our project was welcomed both at the level of the Green Jobs Charter participatory process and commitment, and at the level of involvement in the Green Jobs platform definition. In a wider perspective, the present stakeholders proved to be available for joint participation to meetings and for mutual promotion of their projects. A similar cooperation is more than welcome for a number of different reasons, as it demonstrates the valorization of EU financial resources and the exploitation of the results of similar activities, with possible synergies to be activated towards common objectives.

The European Commission has been sustaining many projects about Green Jobs from a few years, through the different financial instruments managed directly or indirectly (through local administrations). Thanks to Horizon 2020, the European Union now funds research and innovation under different pillars, e.g. through the Se- cure, Clean and Efficient Energy, Environment and Climate Action, SME Instrument, Marie Curie programmes, etc. Through Erasmus +, support to training policies and capacity building can be provided to public and private bodies wishing to innovate their training systems

The project manager illustrating Egrejob in front of a EU wide audience

and adapt them to the changing society. The INTERREG cooperation among internal and external borders of EU member states, jointly financed by the ERDF and by EU financial instruments devoted to external cooperation, sustains the economical, cultural and educational promotion of green economy, through the new cooperation instruments valid for the countries participating to this project for the programming period 2014-2020. With the support of the European Investment Bank, private and public subjects can obtain lending opportunities to finance e.g. the rehabilitation of buildings and relevant resources are set aside within the European Structural and Investment Funds managed by the different Regions. Additional opportunities can be found in the programmes managed by other Directorates General of the European Commission, like DG Employment, DG Enterprise or DG Agriculture.

Finally, the variety of public funds to be exploited reflects both the different nature of activities that can be funded by EU financial opportunities available in the different sectors, that vary according to the nature of the activities (infrastructural or “soft” actions), and the wide and heterogeneous nature of Green Jobs, which cover different sectors and are by themselves highly inter-sectoral, also reflecting the mix of hard and soft skills needed to perform the different occupations included in the definition.

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


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.





What do GreenJobs have to do with ICT?


What do GreenJobs have to do with ICT? Surely, a lot! Listen to this illuminating podcast where Michele Vianello explains to Egrejob students in PIN – Polo Universitario Città di Prato the know-how necessary for future planners in terms of socialnetworks, smartcities, internetofthings, gamification, etc.



Would you like to be an ESCO Manager?


Tuscany Region has published the selection notice aimed at identifying 10 experts of energy sustainable interventions at territorial level. The Laboratory, focused on the strengthening of Energy Saving competences,  will last 120 hours (included two study visits in Sardinia and Tunisia) and is targeted to 10 youngsters (maximum age 35 years, 50% women).

Applications can be received until 8 April 2015.

For further information, please visit this link