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Newsletter 04 | April 2022

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The European Commission adopted on 8 March a proposal for a Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) under the 2014-2020 Cohesion policy to provide support through cohesion funding to persons fleeing from the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.

The European Social Fund (ESF) can already in its current shape extend support to refugees and migrants, as it is the European Commission’s main tool for investing in people and for promoting inclusion into the labour market. The temporary protection directive further widens the scope of who and how soon ESF-funded actions can help persons fleeing from Ukraine, so that they can have immediate access to the labour market.

Measures that the ESF can fund specifically are actions linked to social inclusion, employment, and education. For migrants and refugees, this may include language courses, notably job oriented language courses provided at the earliest stage possible after arrival for rapid integration. The ESF can also help fund mainstream education, adult-learning systems, as well as vocational training that respond to labour market demands and fund methods and instruments to recognise migrants’ qualifications in the recipient Member States.

The CARE proposal aims to increase flexibility to cohesion funding, specifically through the ESF and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to make the most of existing resources and address challenges arising from the Ukrainian crisis.

New taxonomy of skills for the green transition

New taxonomy of skills for the green transition

The European Commission has published a taxonomy (classification system) of skills for the green transition in European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO).

It includes 381 skills, 185 knowledge concepts and 5 transversal skills considered most relevant for a greener labour market. Examples of ‘green skills’ include how to conduct energy audits, measure the sustainability of tourism activities, as well as training staff on recycling programmes. Examples of ‘green knowledge’ concepts include emission standards and ecological principles. ‘Green transversal skills’ include, for instance, the evaluation of the environmental impact of personal behaviour and the adoption of ways to boost biodiversity and animal welfare.

The taxonomy contributes to a common understanding of which skills are needed for a successful and fair green transition in the labour market. ESCO provides information on which skills and knowledge concepts are essential or optional for specific occupations. In this way, it helps identify green elements that should be part of vocational education and training (VET) programmes preparing for these occupations.

For example, ESCO demonstrates how conducting energy audits is a ‘green skill’ that is essential for occupations such as those of energy analysts and energy assessors, while it is optional for some other occupations, such as those of marine engineering drafters or vessel engine assemblers. Therefore, the taxonomy of skills for the green transition is an important point of reference when it comes to making VET fit for a greener future.

All the skills and knowledge concepts are freely available in different formats and in 27 languages. More information about this work can be found on the ESCO website.

A report listing all the green concepts can be downloaded here.

EAfA publishes 10 good reasons for SMEs to invest in apprenticeships

EAfA publishes 10 good reasons for SMEs to invest in apprenticeships

Fit for the new digital age: the updated Digital Competence Framework (DigComp 2.2)

Fit for the new digital age: the updated Digital Competence Framework (DigComp 2.2)

The updated DigComp also informs EU policymaking and helps realise the EU’s digital transformation goals until 2030 - including equipping at least 80 % of citizens with basic digital skills and growing the number of ICT specialists to 20 million by 2030 – as outlined in the EU’s Digital Compass for Europe’s Digital Decade.

The updated framework will also help boost further initiatives, such as the Skills Agenda, the Digital Education Action Plan, and the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, while also encompassing the green and sustainability aspects of interacting with digital technologies in view of the green transition.

For more information on the DigComp 2.2, see here.

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Get inspired and inspire others! Share your VET story and help others discover their own VET path.

Check out several scintillating VET stories people of all ages have shared on the Week website, showcasing the many and varied benefits of VET, such as Passion became a profession! and Try it!!!

Add your story to the treasure trove of inspiring VET stories.

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EU Green Week is back! It is the biggest annual event on European environmental policy

EU Green Week is back! It is the biggest annual event on European environmental policy

Taking place 30 May – 5 June, EU Green Week 2022 will be an exceptional opportunity to engage with numerous stakeholders and interested citizens (that means you!) on how we can work together and play an active role in making Europe’s future greener.

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4 APRIL 2022
Newsletter 04 | April 2022