Policy brief on Vocational Education and Training and Skills as springboards for the Circular Economy

CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Education, published a policy brief report titled “From linear thinking to green growth mindsets”, which looked at the occupations and skills that are essential for achieving a circular economy in the EU, and the role that vocational education and training (VET) can play in support.

Cedefop’s skills foresight experts acknowledge the role of initial and continuing VET in building circular economy skills and shaping mindsets. Thus, the report sets that to accelerate change, VET should prioritise courses that blend face-to-face classroom sessions and online learning, place an emphasis on short training courses or modules, and ensure that programmes lead to certification or qualification. Tapping the potential of CVET in upskilling and reskilling people for the circular economy requires a focus on transition-focused and practical learning, stakeholder involvement and support for learners. The CVET priorities are:

– Develop training for intersectoral transitions

– Increase work-based training opportunities

– Shape CVET to expand learning potential

– Ensure close links between CVET and employers´ skill needs

– Systematically reflect local or regional needs in CVET programmes

– Stimulate employers to offer training

– Make available financial and non-financial support to workers

More info: https://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/publications/9184