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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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Skills for green jobs: Gearing up education and training for green growth

Skills development is critical to unlocking the employment potential of green growth. To avoid future skill shortages, countries need to devise strategies based on well-informed policy decisions, social dialogue and co-ordination among ministries and between employers and training providers. Changes in skill profiles happen at all levels of qualification and across all sectors. Co-ordination between skills and environmental policies, mainstreaming environmental content across all training programmes, as well as designing specific courses for new or changing occupations are important building blocks for a coherent strategy to gear up education and training for greener jobs. This contribution draws on findings from the book Skills for Green Jobs. A Global View, arising from an ILO/Cedefop collaboration, and two sector studies on renewable energy and green building as well as a comparative analysis of methods of skills identification, resulting from a joint project between the ILO and the European Commission

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