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OECD Green Growth Studies
Greener Skills and Jobs
OECD, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Published by : OECD Publishing , Publication date:  07 Mar 2014
Pages: 228 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264208698 , OECD Code: 852014041P1
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Green skills, that is, skills needed in a low-carbon economy, will be required in all sectors and at all levels in the workforce as emerging economic activities create new (or renewed) occupations. Structural changes will realign sectors that are likely to decline as a result of the greening of the economy and workers will need to be retrained accordingly. The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This report suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.


Table of contents:

Preface 9
Executive summary 11
Chapter 1. Green skills for a low-carbon future 15
-Labour market dynamics of greening economies 17
-Are green jobs good jobs? 20
-Green skills and why they are important  20
-Greening skills in small and medium-sized enterprises 22
-Policy response to green skills 25
-About this publication 28
-References 30
PART I. GEARING UP EDUCATION FOR TRAINING AND YOUTH 33
Chapter 2. The case for a global green skills training action plan 35
-The case for a global green skills training action plan  36
-The EU Agenda for New Skills and Jobs 36
-The G20 Training Strategy: A replicable template for the green skills agenda? 37
-Technical change and the green economy: Outlining the challenges 38
-Applying the G20 Training Strategy in support of the green transition 39
-Policy recommendations 44
-References 45
Chapter 3. The New Skills for Green Jobs Project: European context  47
-European Union policies for a sustainable green economy 48
-The new skills paradigm: Implications for education and training policies 48
-What do we mean by green jobs? 50
-Identifying sectors and occupations to be analysed  51
-Differential impacts across the labour market 51
-Integrating a gender perspective into green technology training 54
-The PROGRESS project: New Skills for Green Jobs – A case for a more gender inclusive labour market? 55
-New Skills for Green Jobs – Findings and conclusions 57
-References 58
Chapter 4. The interaction of environmental and labour market policy: An overview of the quantity and quality of green jobs in Europe 59
-Introduction 60
-Defining and understanding the quality of green jobs 60
-Macro-level analysis 62
-Sector-based analysis  65
-References 69
Chapter 5. The Austrian Masterplan for Human Resources for Renewable Energies 71
-Introduction 72
-European Union’s policy measures to foster VET-labour market co-operation and to address the green growth paradigm 73
-National developments in Austria 74
-Master plans as tools for the governance of vocational education and training 76
-Preliminary findings 81
-References 84
Chapter 6, Skills for green jobs: Gearing up education and training for green growth 89
-Introduction 90
-Why are the skill needs changing? 90
-The key skills challenges 91
-What makes education and training systems responsive to new green challenges? 92
-References  98
Chapter 7. Education and training for sustainability: An ecological vision 99
-Green markets or a green society? 100
-Research, innovation and industry in a globalised economy: European challenges  101
-Human capital: A European competitive advantage 104
-What skills for what economy and society? 105
-Conclusions and policy recommendations 110
-References  112
PART II. ENTERPRISE APPROACHES FOR A WORKFORCE FIT FOR A GREEN ECONOMY 117
Chapter 8. Licensing and certification to increase skills provision and utilisation amongst low-carbon small and medium-sized enterprises in the United Kingdom  119
-Introduction 120
-Licensing 120
-History of construction sector licensing in the United Kingdom 121
-UK low-carbon licensed occupations 122
-Case study: Employment, skills and the growth of the low-carbon sector 126
-Policy implications 128
-References 130
Chapter 9. Anticipating and managing the effects of greening of industries in the European Union: Skills development in the overall context of job quality  135
-Introduction 136
-Effects of greening of industries on job quality 136
-Overview of businesses’ approaches to anticipate and manage the effects of greening on job quality 138
-Cross-cutting issues: Successful green change needs cultural change 145
-Role of public authorities in facilitating the development of a workforce for a green economy 149
-Policy implications 150
-References 153
Chapter 10. Greening technical vocational education and training in the European steel industry 155
-Green skills as a competitive advantage for the European steel industry 156
-Greening technical vocational education and training: The GT-VET project 156
-Preliminary results 159
-Conclusions for the training module 162
-Definition of green skills 163
-Policy implications 165
-References 166
Chapter 11. Managerial skills in the green corporation  167
-Challenges and opportunities of crises 168
-Context and scope of the study 168
-Organisational culture and change management 169
-Field research with four European corporations 169
-Policy implications 173
-References 175
PART III. INTEGRATING SKILLS INTO LOCAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES FOR GREEN JOB CREATION  177
Chapter 12. Local development strategy, green jobs and skills in the Indian context 179
-Introduction 180
-Challenges and priorities for transitioning to a green economy 180
-Transport: Air quality and vehicular pollution 183
-Response strategy at the local level for low-carbon inclusive growth 184
-Managing drinking water and sanitation using clean technologies 190
-Skills sustainability: Skill needs, skill response and skill gaps 193
-Mechanisms for anticipation, matching and monitoring of skills needs  195
-Policy implications for the way forward 196
-References 198
Chapter 13. Climate change adaptation and local development: The new imperatives for green skills development 199
-Climate change governance, green economy and skill development 200
-Local development 202
-United States case analyses 203
-Policy implications 206
-References 208
Chapter 14. Lessons from the project “Employment Centres and Sustainable Development” in France 209
-French context and objectives for promoting a greener economy: Focus on the building sector  210
-Education and continuing vocational training in the building sector: Frame and current needs  212
-Innovative strategies for skills development and employment in France: The role of territories  213
-The project “Employment Centres and Sustainable Development”: Anticipating skills and employment challenges of environmental transitions in the building sector 215
-Conclusion and policy implications 217
Notes on the contributors 219

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