9 facts you should know about Connecting People for Green Skills

    1. Connecting People for Green Skills (Green Skills) is an initiative of the European Commission (EC) to foster a less polluting model of activity in the construction sector through employment. How are we doing this? By retraining, upgrading and specializing the workforce who will have a leading role in this change.

    2. The transformation of the current building model is one of EC’s policy priorities and the subject of a new EU regulation. The double thrust, political and legal, will favour construction and rehabilitation projects that meet strict sustainability criteria.
      The proliferation of such 'green' construction projects will result in a new bank of specialized employment opportunities (green jobs) in both levels of workers, technicians with university degrees and vocational training operators.

    3. We reached these conclusions after an analysis of the sector, a report of good practices in sustainable building and a study on the employment prospects in this field of activity in 5 EU countries, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Denmark and Cyprus; the project partners.

    4. The 'green skills' are the abilities and/or professional skills demanded by these new jobs in construction. The change has begun to be felt timidly and in the labour market and is likely to gain strength in the short and medium term, in parallel with the development of a new regulation.
      The partners of the Green Skills project have made a compilation of these jobs (Catalogue of Job Offers) and a study of the skills or competencies required (Skills Profile File) for the labour market. Both reports can perform also in the way of updated guides to draw job placement paths towards these new specialities and job opportunities.

    5. The term ‘green skills’ is often related to novel skills whose training in not yet collect in official study plans. Because of this, 'Green Skills' project has conducted a program of 30 Educational Guides and 12 free pilot courses across Europe on these specializations.
      You can check them here.

    6. To process all the information and draw the conclusions that have brought us this far, the project partners have created committees of multidisciplinary experts in the five participating countries. One of his most repeated findings is that the workforce is not enough trained to undertake the change of model, although it is very permeable to retraining, as evidenced by our assessment of the workers skills (List of Skills).

    7. Construction companies will increasingly need more workers with these skills to meet the requirements of the next building model. And in parallel, the worker able to dominate any of these areas, specializations or skills will surely increase its attractiveness for the labour market and thus his/her employability and the possibilities of a job improvement.
      In Connecting People for Green Skills we want to make life easier for workers and companies, and therefore we have also developed a job platform to seek vacancies and candidates specialized in 'green skills'.

    8. The project and its results have been presented at international forums of great strategic impact, such as the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) or the European Week of the Regions and Cities (Brussels’ Open Days). In addition, Connecting People for Green Skills partners presented the project to the European authorities in a Final Conference which took place the 1st of March at the EU Committee of the Regions.
      This dissemination effort has been combined with seminars, conferences and events that each partner has made in their respective countries with the will to reach the greatest number of potential beneficiaries and, in parallel, build alliances to ensure the continuity of Green Skills project.
      The last news and current events of the project can be followed through our web, social networks (Facebook, twitter) and regular newsletters: Newsletter 1, Newsletter 2 & Newsletter 3.

    9. But ... Who are we? And why do we do this?
      Connecting People for Green Skills is an international project co-funded by the 'Progres' program for Social Innovation of the European Commission.
      Eight partners from five European countries have joined an international consortium to implement the project guidelines, which is coordinated from Alzira (Spain) by the Territorial Pact for Employment in la Ribera (PATER).
      The other partners, all with a solid background in the construction sector, and training or employment areas are: (es) Valencian Institute of Building (IVE), (es) Valencian Federation of Construction Entrepreneurs (FEVEC), (pl) Polish Association of Construction Industry Employers (PZPB), (lt) Vilnius Builders Training Centre (VSRC), (pl) Danmar Computers, (dk) Gate 21 and (cy) the European Office of Cyprus (EOC) .
      These partners develop the assigned parts of the program with the intention of obtaining solutions for the construction sector at European level that could be later on applied in their respective countries.
      The project began in October 2014 and will end in March 2016.