“The success of implementing green policies is dependent upon the availability of skilled people” who are able to develop and manage projects in the environmental sustainability sector. In order to foster the integration of a new generation of students and entrepreneurs in the green job market, we have trained 150 people – half of them women – from Italy, Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia in fields such as renewable energy, eco-building, sustainable agriculture or waste recycling. The training courses allowed the beneficiaries to better meet the needs of employers looking for qualified “green collars” in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Trainees benefited of “on the job” experiences and were introduced to green business models to enable them to create sustainable products and services, that are competitive in regional and international markets.
The Training modules
The green specialization sectors were identified following the Green Jobs analysis. Training and qualification pathways were set-up on skills for green jobs.
- In Tunisia two training courses were implemented, held in tight cooperation between the two local partners: the General Agency for Regional Development (CGDR) took primary responsibility for the course on Solar and Photovoltaic Energy, while the Governorate of Sousse focussed on the Valorisation of olive oil waste (so called “margin”).
- In Italy, the Green Jobs feasibility study carried out by Tuscany Region stressed the need for energy experts capable of dealing with sustainable building demands at a wider territorial level, by using the model of Energy Services Companies led by ESCO managers (individuals able to finance energy renovation through the energy savings obtained); the Regional Employment Agency of Sardinia focussed on the enhancement of the capacities of Smart Grids managers, capable to operate on electrical grids, including a variety of operational and energy measures like smart appliances or renewable energy resources.
- In Lebanon, the District of Higher Chouf focussed on green professions connected with Eco-tourism and Sustainable Agriculture.
- In Spain, the Chamber of Commerce of Terrassa provided specialization courses on Energy Efficiency, as demanded by the Catalonian region research analysis, whereas in Andalusia the research led in conjunction with the Development Agency IDEA stressed the need to create Sustainable Building experts.
Every territory launched a selection notice, following common guidelines dictated by the project partners
The Training Exchange Seminars
These activities aimed at creating a Euro-Mediterranean Green Jobs incubation system, by building an expert network capable of cooperating on the new and diverse skills needed by ‘green’ professionals.
The first seminar took place in Cagliari (Italy) on 21 May 2015 and saw the participation of more than thirty young Engineers and Architects attending training modules in the countries involved on different green topics. The discussion, facilitated by experts, forced trainees to reflect upon the definition and scope of Green Economy, the potential of Green Jobs and on the skills and competences necessary for successfully performing in the different professions covered by the area.
Green experts discussing what is meant by Green Economy, in Cagliari
The second meeting took place in Sousse (Tunisia) on 11/12 June 2015. As the development of entrepreneurial activities and mind-sets is considered essential by the project, the meeting focussed on the development of business models to be adapted to concrete entrepreneurial ‘Green Jobs’ ideas and strengthened networking among the involved trainees, thus enhancing international cooperation opportunities and professional confrontation with peers.
Green experts speed confrontation on reciprocate educational and business experiences and on green business models, in Sousse