Green skills have been in the limelight for quite some time now. They are seen in many quarters as something akin to ICT skills: not just as specialist knowledge, but as key competencies that underlie a vast swathe of jobs across sectors. But the present crisis is leading to cutbacks in education and training, affecting the development of such skills. What can be done to convince employers and training providers to change tack.
The Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) has recognised the necessity for the acquisition of green skills by the people of Cyprus and has conducted a study entitled ‘Identification of Green Skill Needs in the Cyprus Economy 2010-2013’. Following the study, the HRDA, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, has put forward a Special Action Plan for promoting Green Skills in the Cyprus economy. Furthermore, the HRDA declared 2011 as the Year of Green Skills with the aim to raise awareness of the significance of the acquisition of green knowledge and skills, which are necessary for the development of a green sustainable economy.
In recent years, Cedefop has been investigating the skills and training needs generated by the development of the green economy. Now, a workshop held in London on 5 October 2011 has validated the first results of a study of the current and future skills and training needs of nine selected occupations affected by the development of a more resource-efficient economy.