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Greener Skills and Jobs

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Green skills, that is, skills needed in a low-carbon economy, will be required in all sectors and at all levels in the workforce as emerging economic activities create new (or renewed) occupations. Structural changes will realign sectors that are likely to decline as a result of the greening of the economy and workers will need to be retrained accordingly. The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This report suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.

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Foreword

This publication emerged from a joint OECD and Cedefop forum on green skills held in February 2012. The aim of the forum was to gather the recent work of researchers, government advisers, employment and policy analysts, and other social partners on skills development and training needs for a lower carbon economy.

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