The ongoing transition to greener economies in various sectors creates an urgent need to embed sustainability in VET curricula, training, and standards. Council Recommendation on vocational education and training for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness, and resilience recognize that VET systems need to adapt to the rapidly evolving green and digital transitions, technological developments, occupational changes, and the shift towards more highly skilled jobs.
Many of the economically relevant sectors in the WB6 region face significant ecological challenges. They will transform in the coming years if the region achieves the goal of becoming ecologically more sustainable.
Preparing the workforce for the jobs that exist now and those of the future is another reason for reinforcing greening. Thus, greening VET enhances the employability of workers and the productivity of enterprises. The accompanying shift in work processes also creates the possibility that displaced workers can be re-trained and upskilled to be employed in other sectors, minimizing the time required to find new jobs and enterprises to fill new positions.
Moreover, making VET more attractive to learners, communities, and enterprises through the promotion of green skills is underpinned by the greening of VET institutions.
Besides some common measures such as the use of energy-efficient building projects, the introduction of energy-saving equipment, there are numerous specific actions that vocational education institutes or enterprises can undertake on their greening path. We share the most often mentioned recommendations (some of them can be found here).
To learn more about successful responses to the greening-related challenges implemented by different institutions, try out here.