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1 New Skills for Green Jobs Rome 19 April 2012 Costanza Pagnini Fondazione G. Brodolini

2 Green economy and the EU Europe 2020 : a more competitive low-carbon economy that makes efficient, sustainable use of resources protecting the environment, reducing emissions and preventing biodiversity loss raising Europe’s employment rate – more and better jobs, especially for women, young people and older workers”.

3 Importance of green economy Need to support the transition to a green economy through adequate employment and training policies (addressing and anticipating skills needs) education and training systems have to be developed to support continuously changing requirements.

4 Green jobs Definitions Two main broad concepts : “green jobs” in a strict sense (mostly leading to the creation of new occupations) “green jobs” in a broad sense pertaining to the gradual greening of all occupations, as existing jobs become more environmentally friendly.

5 Green jobs Definitions/2 Our project focuses on both a narrow definition of green jobs – jobs created in specific sectors – and a broader policy-based approach, that acknowledges the complex inter-linkages between the greening of the economy and labour markets. These two categories have important implications for the development of adequate training and qualifications systems. Not all green jobs will require completely new skills. A “topping up” of existing skills can be as important (Cedefop, 2010)

6 Differential impact on LM The green economy will impact differently upon MS by creating new jobs, “greening” existing jobs and destroying some others. Likewise the segregation of women and men into different sectors means that effects will be experienced differently between mixed-gender activities and those dominated by one sex. Transition to a green economy could magnify gender inequalities and undermine employment and social cohesion goals of the EU.

7 Importance of a gender perspective It is important that policies for promoting green jobs and green sectors do not reinforce or exacerbate existing inequalities. It is important to analyse existing gender differentials when forecasting future skills developments, to assess the impact on gender of policies or strategies and to re- adjust the gender balance wherever necessary.

8 The New Skills for Green Jobs Project Promote an adequate skills base to support the transition towards a green economy by stimulating mutual learning among partners and key stakeholders, enhancing transferability of the most effective and inclusive strategies through: Analysis and building the evidence basis Mutual learning Dissemination and communication

9 Analysis of the Italian situation: early findings and key issues

10 Firms and the green economy Greenitaly report based on a large survey on more than 100,000 firms 23.9% of Italian firms invested in green products and technologies in the period Green enterprises are more likely to export their products or services than other enterprises (34.8% against 18.6%) and to introduce product/service innovations (38.1% against 18.3%). they are more likely to hire new workers (31.7% against 19.7% in 2011) with a higher incidence of high-skilled and graduated workers. Promising sectors: chemical, textile and clothing, leather, wood and wooden products, paper and mechanical products

11 Firms and the green economy around 227,000 people would be hired in green professions by Italian firms in 2011 (around 38% of total hiring, that is, around 600,000 workers). Of these, more than one third (97,000) are green workers in a strict sense Difficulties in finding adequate competences is reported for 30.3% of green hiring in strict sense, compared to 28.1% of green hiring in wide sense (traditional professions with a green content) and 24.2% of non-green hiring. This points at the need of adequate training strategies to provide candidates with the skills required by the market.

12 Gender dimension Consistent and reliable gender disaggregated data on participation to training activities in environmental related activities are not available in Italy. Women are more likely to take part in CVT in the public sector. Their presence is more critical in the private sector. In those sectors where women are least represented their likelihood of participating to CVT decreases and companies’ investment in CVT for women is lower, such as for example the industry sector. Most importantly, the CVT gender gap is particularly high in the most innovative and competitive sectors, among which several green industries are located.

13 Training strategies Strategic programming for “green” training activities is mainly addressed through ESF Operational Programmes, which largely finance vocational training within Regions. Nonetheless, a significant share of environmental training is supplied by Universities, both at undergraduate and at postgraduate levels The number of env. courses has been decreasing in recent years, after a peak reached in 2005/06 (when a total of 2297 courses were held), up to 1772 in 2009/10 The % of vocational training courses on total courses is on the decrease (56% in against 64.1% in ), while university degrees are becoming more popular. Master degrees have maintained the same share although on the decrease after a peak in

14 Key findings Planning of training courses and their linkage with the anticipation of skills needed in green professions. It would seem that the continuous vocational training systems are not grounded on such information What is the most effective way to make planning of training activities more adherent to territorial skills needs?

15 Key findings/2 absence of a common skills certification system, also as concerns the validation of non formal skills. This has a specific impact on green jobs, as in many cases green jobs require a top-up of existing, “traditional” skills, rather than radically new competences.

16 Key findings/3 Monitoring and labour market statistics: Need to know how many workers are green within a specific sector, information about their educational level, their wage and the differences in terms of gender. This has an impact on the definition of training profiles and strategies.


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