Green Skills project, at the European Week of Regions and Cities (Brussel’s Open Days 2015)

‘Connecting People for Green Skills’ project will be at the next European Week of Regions and Cities edition – OPEN DAYS 2015. The event offers GS’ partners the opportunity to communicate the results of this PROGRESS initiative, which is aimed to enhance the employability of workers in the construction sector by facilitating their access to new employment niches in sustainable building, resulting from the development of H2020’s policies. Eight partners from five countries -Spain, Poland, Denmark, Cyprus and Lithuania- contribute to this international project, which is coordinated from Alzira (Spain) by a local administration, the Territorial Pact for Employment at la Ribera County (PATER). 

In its first year of life, Green Skills has produced, among other outcomes, a synthesis report on best practices in 'green building' in the EU, a list of new job opportunities related to sustainable construction, a list of 'new' skills that workers need to take into consideration for the new employment niches, or a technology platform to link 'green jobs' supply and demand related to construction sector.

These results will be displayed at the Open Days 2015 workshop ‘Regions Contributing to the goals of the Energy Union’, aimed to highlight the role of regions within the Energy Union - the European Commission’s flagship initiative that energy efficiency, transitioning to a low-carbon society and developing new technologies and renewed infrastructure. The workshop will take place on 13 October 2015, 9:00-13:00, at the ‘Norway House’, Rue Archimède 17, Brussels.

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‘Green Skills’ at the EUSEW 2015 Policy Conference - save the date and register!

The first conclusions on employability in sustainable construction obtained in the research phase of the project 'Connecting People for Green Skills' will be presented at the high level Policy Conference of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 (EUSEW), during the workshop entitled “’Greening' Europe's construction industry: challenges and opportunities”.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 17 June 2015, from 14:00 to 15:30, at the prestigious European Commission's Charlemagne building in Brussels. It forms part of the Green Skills project dissemination strategy and it is organised by the European Office of Cyprus in collaboration with the Climate-KIC and ERRIN - European Regions Research & Innovation Network.

The concept of the workshop has a twofold objective: to reflect on how energy and employment policies can come together to maximise the benefits of green growth and jobs; and to discuss changes in value chains in the construction sector and the effects on the green skills and professional training needs. Energy efficiency initiatives in EU countries that have a significant potential for job creation in this sector will be showcased during the workshop.

REGISTER HERE by Monday 8 June 2015

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Next goal: to study the supply and demand of green jobs in construction

The basis for the next semester tasks and objectives were also set out during the meeting in Warsaw, regarding the two further stages of the project:  WP4: Adapting construction supply and demand and WP5: establishment of competences and skills profiles.

From previous research and the resulting documents, the new packages will try to deepen into the labor market and get a more technical awareness of the current supply and demand for green jobs in the construction sector.

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Partnership meeting in Warsaw

'Connecting People for Green Skills' analyzes the state of sustainable construction in Europe and produces a catalog with the green jobs that will draw the greater demand for labor.

Which is the state of play of 'green building' in Europe? How has it been affected by the economic crisis? What are current sector’s main trends? What jobs and professional specialties is demanding? Which will require for the medium and long-term?
These are some of the main issues that have been addressed in the second meeting of the project: 'Connecting People for Green Skills'.
The headquarters of the Association of Construction of Poland (PZPB) in Warsaw met on 8 and 9 April representatives of the eight members of this international project, which takes place beneath European Commission’s PROGRESS programme.

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