The European Commission aims to transform the EU into a “modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy” under the European Green Deal (European Commission, 2019). The goal of becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 necessarily implies changes across European sectors and the labour market. Consequently, the transition to this climate-neutral economy will come along with a readjustment and transformation of a wide range of sectors; the changes workers must acquire to adapt are defined as green skills.
Additionally, at this moment 40% of European employers cannot find the right candidates to fill their vacancies due to a mismatch of skills (European Commission, 2020). This means that deep adjustments must be adopted by workers. If focused on the youth, the necessity for this upskilling is even more imperative: youth unemployment persists at roughly twice higher than general unemployment, reaching 15.4% in April 2020 (European Commission, 2020).
Therefore, the quick increase of innovations, technologies, and the advent of the digital market boost new jobs and new opportunities (and challenges) for entrepreneurs, learners, educators, and all kinds of workers. This complex and fast-changing world requires integrated and holistic solutions and a multi-disciplinary approach to better adapt and react to changes. A combination of new skills and competences is needed across different sectors by all citizens to be more resilient and to be able to confront various challenges in their educational, professional, and private lives.
The GREAT project therefore aims to facilitate and promote the co-creation of knowledge between HE, VET, the public sector, and the business sector through the joint development of a multidisciplinary, flexible, and cross-sectoral service learning Curriculum to promote the acquisition and development of Green competences (supplementing EntreComp, DigiComp, and LifeComp frameworks) of young people transitioning from education/work-based learning background.
The project itself will span three years, will incorporate the creation of 3 curriculums for HEIs, VET and businesses, and will be implemented by 11 partners from 7 countries.
The GREAT Curriculum proposal was submitted under the “Alliances for Education and Enterprises” call for proposals.