The green transition has significant job growth potential. To leverage it almost all workers and learners need training or up- and reskilling, so that they can acquire the green transition skills that changing job and task profiles require. Cedefop research highlights occupations and groups of learners, which should take priority in skilling for the green transition. Vocational education and training (VET) is crucial to equip EU workers and learners with the right skills, as well as to support the shift towards ‘greener’ mindsets. But how can VET become ‘greener’ so it can help shape and upscale the green economy? What must change in VET curricula and programmes in practice so that they reflect the skill needs the green transition implies? What practical tools can be used to make VET more aligned to, and supportive of, the skills revolution currently taking place?

Cedefop invited representatives from VET institutions, skills ecosystem stakeholders and policy-makers from EU Member States and beyond to the 7th European Year of Skills virtual get-together. The event allowed VET stakeholders to explore how greening is already changing VET programme content and delivery, and what practical steps VET actors can take to contribute to the green EU policy agenda. Inspiring practices were showcased to illustrate how to move from policy ambitions to action on the ground.

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Times are indicated in CET.

14.00–14.05 Opening by Jürgen Siebel, Cedefop Executive Director
14.05–14.25 Skills and jobs for the green transformation
Stelina Chatzichristou, Cedefop expert

Questions & Answers


Roundtable discussion moderated by Jasper van Loo, Department Coordinator at Cedefop, and Anastasia Pouliou, Cedefop expert

  • Matti Isokallio, Director of the Educational Federation of Sataedu, Finland 
  • Mary Lyons, SOLAS, Ireland
  • Kurt Schmid, Senior researcher at ibw, Austria
  • Narjisse Ben Moussa, Alliance Ville Emploi, France



    Jürgen Siebel, Executive Director of Cedefop, joined Cedefop from the private sector in September 2019.

    As Executive Director, he is responsible for managing the Agency’s operations in accordance with the strategic direction of its tripartite Management Board.

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    Jürgen has a background in human resources management with particular emphasis on learning and education, the strategic development and roll-out of work-based vocational education and training programmes, as well as related corporate social responsibility initiatives.

    In this context he has also collaborated with institutional actors at national, European and global levels.

    Before joining Cedefop in Thessaloniki, Jürgen served for 20 years in various leading operational and strategic HR roles in Siemens AG, mostly as senior manager with global governance or business partner responsibilities.

    Jürgen earned his MSc in economics at the University of Hamburg, and a PhD in business administration from the University of Vienna.

    photo Ben MoussaNarjisse Ben Moussa is a project officer at Alliance Villes Emploi (Paris, France).

    She holds master's degrees in international cooperation and sustainable development. Specializing in ecological transition, she manages and contributes to various initiatives related to green skills, employment, and upskilling, including EU-funded projects and other initiatives in collaboration with national public stakeholders (ADEME, DGEFP, etc.).

    Narjisse represents Alliance Villes Emploi in the working group of Onemev (the French National Observatory of Jobs and Occupations in the Green Economy), contributing to collaborative efforts in the field.

    Stelina Chatzichristou is an expert in the Department for VET and skills at Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.

    She is leading Cedefop’s research on jobs, skills and vocational education and training (VET) for the green transition and sectoral skills developments.

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    Stelina coordinates the skills intelligence and foresight team, and contributes to the Centre’s research on skills anticipation and skills governance.

    Before joining Cedefop, Stelina worked for almost a decade as a researcher and policy analyst in the private sector. In that capacity, she has worked on and managed projects on national and EU comparative analysis on VET, skills and entrepreneurship.

    photo Isokallio resizedMatti Isokallio is director of regional VET Provider Sataedu  in Finland.  

    He had long international experience on field of VET. Matti’s period on the President of EUproVET finished at 2023, he continue in EUproVET as a Board member.  

    Large two year Finnish sustainability project just ended, Matti was the Chairperson of the Steering Group. 

    photo Lyons resizedMary Lyons is Director of Enterprise, Employees and Skills at SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority (FET) in Ireland. She has extensive experience as a researcher, lecturer and a skills development specialist in a range of education and industry settings.

    In recent years she has focused on national workforce development policy and strategic skills initiatives based on collaborative innovation by education and enterprise partners. The aim is to create both new upskilling and reskilling opportunities for employees at risk of displacement due to technological and market developments and to support SMEs to grow their business by developing an agile workforce.

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    An increasingly important aspect of her work is promoting further education and training as a key resource for enterprise upskilling and reskilling in the context of evolving industry needs. This includes the development of a micro-qualifications model which enables FET to target priority skills areas and digital transformation to make learning through FET more accessible and flexible for everyone. A suite of FET Micro-Qualifications in sustainability skills area, developed in collaboration with sectoral agencies and accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland in 2023, has commenced rollout by 16 Education and Training Boards across Ireland.

    Anastasia Pouliou is a Cedefop Expert in qualifications and credentials - Future of VET.

    She is currently leading the Agency's research on Microcredentials for labour market education and training, learning outcomes and the Future of VET in Europe.

    She is involved in other Cedefop activities (including the coordination of developments on national qualifications frameworks and the TVET-Interagency group on the Future of VET).

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    Before joining Cedefop she worked as an educational consultant in the Ministry of Education and Religious affairs and as a head of the European Affairs Unit in the Organisation for Vocational Education and Training (Greece).

    She has performed senior management and national coordination on Europass and Leonardo da Vinci projects and has published influential articles in academic journals.

    photo Schmid resizedKurt Schmid is senior researcher at ibw Austria in Vienna.

    Kurt is conducting research on qualification demand, educational choice, dual VET, educational systems and governance from a national as well as comparative international perspective.

    He is Austria’s expert for Cedefop’s Community of Apprenticeship Experts. Furthermore, he consults international partners/countries that foster work-based learning formats and dual VET.

    Jasper Van Loo is coordinator of Cedefop’s department for VET and Skills.

    He currently coordinates the labour market and skills analysis work of the agency. He is also part of the team investigating EU skills trends using online job vacancies.

    He has a master degree in quantitative and general economics and holds a Ph.d. in social sciences.